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Old 10-23-07, 03:52 PM
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How Can I Completely Wipe Off Everything From My Computer?

Hey guys,

I am curious about this for several reasons. One...I am considering selling my laptop (maybe on eBay) and buying a new one. But I wouldn't want to sell it, and forget that maybe there is some personal info in a folder I forgot to delete. Or a script I was working on. Or an address or phone number stored somewhere, etc.

So how would one handle a situation where, essentially, you're erasing everything (more or less) off of your computer?

Another reason is for one of my older desktops. It is still operating on Windows ME...it works decent enough, but it's sometimes locks up, or I'll get a blue screen. I am sure this thing is full of errors, and once in a while, I'll just have to hold down the power button to shut it down because it's not acting right. I have no idea if erasing everything off this computer and starting anew would be an answer, but it's something I've thought about, too.

Thanks in advance.
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you could write everything to zero. try something like bcwipe
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Eraser is popular for deleting information on a HD.

"The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Gutmann's paper "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory" and they are selected to effectively remove magnetic remnants from the hard drive.

Other methods include the one defined in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US Department of Defence and overwriting with pseudorandom data. You can also define your own overwriting methods."

http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/

As far as reinstalling ME (or another Operating system) just a plain ol' Format should do the trick.
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You could always just sell the computer without the HD. Keep it, put it in an external enclosure, format and then use it for backup.

And I'd ditch Windows ME, I've never heard anyone say nice words about it.
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I agree about ME, wipe her clean then load XP or what ever you have laying around. ME won't attract buyers.
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My sister deleted her C: drive several years ago. Something said she didnt have enough memory so she C:> delete *.*

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darik's boot and nuke (DBAN). quick, easy, effective, and free.
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Originally Posted by UAIOE
And I'd ditch Windows ME, I've never heard anyone say nice words about it.
Windows ME is the finest Operating System ever conceived of, or implemented by, mankind...

you know...

just so you can say you have now...
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Surprisingly I never really had any troubles with ME.
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This is the one I've used also. Simple & effective.
Originally Posted by kms_md
darik's boot and nuke (DBAN). quick, easy, effective, and free.
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Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse
Windows ME is the finest Operating System ever conceived of, or implemented by, mankind...

you know...

just so you can say you have now...
A small percent of the people I've talked to about Windows have said they liked Win ME.

I'd still ditch it if I were you.
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I found Me no better or worse then 98.

But anyway, I use Darik's Boot and Nuke too.
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http://www.killdisk.com/

i think the US government still uses this

with the free version you will probably have to format the c drive 5 times or so if you want to be sure. i trashed a bunch of old hard drives a few months back. i took them to work, opened them up, took out the platters, scratched them up and then threw them in the trash
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
i trashed a bunch of old hard drives a few months back. i took them to work, opened them up, took out the platters, scratched them up and then threw them in the trash
For serious destruction, using a drill is quicker and (imo) more satisfying. No need to open them up; just drill holes completely thru the case, drilling thru all the platters. 1/4 inch drill bit works nicely. This also works with floppy diskettes. Just stack them and drill them.
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