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hapuna
07-15-2004, 23:38
I find I have an extra computer and want to give it to a friend. whats the easiest way to wipe the HD so all of my crap isn't on it. Preferable leaving the OS intact.

fatlander
07-16-2004, 07:36
You cant wipe all of the data and leave the os intact (you can do it manualy but you will probably leave something out)
If you want to wipe the HD the best way is format, delete partition, create partition, format

pfrigm
07-16-2004, 07:55
How about this?

http://wxxi.wxxi.org/~pfrigm/no_reboot.jpg

http://wxxi.wxxi.org/~pfrigm/mess.jpg

If you look closely at that first one, that slug went right through the hard drive... seperating the drive platters :)

Seriously, flatlander said it. If you are giving the computer away and want to "wipe" it of data, the safest way is to format the drive. Then use a partition utility to erase the partition, recreate it, format it again and then install a fresh OS. This will keep all but folks like the NSA from reading what was on the drive before.

berniew
07-16-2004, 08:28
Don't know if it works but http://www.disk-wiper.com/

The best way is to get a program that zeros the drive and then reinstall OS....

grantglock
07-16-2004, 09:24
This is what I use when I send my leased computers back.

use rawrite to make the .img file into a floppy disk.

AutoClave (http://siebrecht.us/~grant/images/glocktalk/wipe)

ronin_asano
07-16-2004, 10:47
Originally posted by fatlander
[B]You cant wipe all of the data and leave the os intact (you can do it manualy but you will probably leve something)


agreed, there will still be data unless you use a program like eraser: http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/download.php to delete individual files or groups of files.

eraser is freeware, btw

however, this means you will have to know the location of everything that needs deleting.


If you want to wipe the HD the bast way is format, delete partitio, create partition, format

that's not the best way, and it requires too much effort. windows machines do not perform low level formats. you could never be sure you wiped all the sectors.

the eraser program i linked above provides a tool to create a 'nuke' boot disk. create this disk, then boot to it in the machine that needs wiping. then go have a beer or two. when it finishes, the drive will be as data free as is practically possible short of destroying the media itself.

alank2
07-16-2004, 12:50
I sell a tool that can erase drives, and do much more:

http://www.sadevelopment.com/more_ldt.htm

I've got it reasonably priced at $16.95.

Thanks,

Alan

darin2
07-16-2004, 20:41
Try Secure Clean. It's a fully functional demo. I have been using this program for years. It will delte the unallocated area of you hard drive, slack space in your files, recycle bin, temp files, temp internet files, etc. It also allows secure deletion on the fly by right clicking on any file.

http://www.whitecanyon.com/downloads.php

physicsdevil
07-16-2004, 22:24
http://www.glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=255871

GLockCowboy
07-19-2004, 13:18
Originally posted by ronin_asano
agreed, there will still be data unless you use a program like eraser: http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/download.php to delete individual files or groups of files.

eraser is freeware, btw

however, this means you will have to know the location of everything that needs deleting.



that's not the best way, and it requires too much effort. windows machines do not perform low level formats. you could never be sure you wiped all the sectors.

the eraser program i linked above provides a tool to create a 'nuke' boot disk. create this disk, then boot to it in the machine that needs wiping. then go have a beer or two. when it finishes, the drive will be as data free as is practically possible short of destroying the media itself. Yup, it works. Tried it on an old PC. After I was done "nuking", I booted on a floppy and the hard drive did not even exist.

bryan cc tx
07-21-2004, 23:47
i try to find that erase program but can not find it even when using the link from above? where is it at?

Moprine
07-23-2004, 07:16
www.cyberscrub.com

great program and a free 15 day trial^^

http://buy.cyberscrub.com/csutility/index.php?ReferrerId=623&run=Y