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hey im looking to reformat in the next few days and im wondering what is the best way to clean my HD before i install my OS? only asking cause everytime i reformat it saves all my old crap in one folder i can delete but i want a Clean HD. thanks in advance.
    
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Just boot the win 7 disk, it formats the HDD before installation then after it's installed wipe the free space with CCleaner.

If you had another PC you could put your HDD in or put it in an external encloser, and wipe it with 0 and 1's

http://www.diskwipe.org/download.php
Edited by Yumyums - 6/1/11 at 10:48pm
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dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=16m

Replace hda with your disks id, e.g. sda, sdb, etc. dd

EDIT: in the Linux CLI
wipes the drive for good
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mmmm thanks yumyums. i probaly will take my old HDD and run it then wipe my new one.
    
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Hi Yumyums, how would you advise using CCcleaner to clean up the free space? Is this automated or do you have to specify what to do? I've heard good things about CC but never used it, and will also be reinstalling Win7 soon and this sounds like a good thing to do...
post #6 of 15
Format just delete the index.dat file. Recovering that you recover the whole drives context. download the utility for your hdd from its manufacturer to wipe the drive if you want to. Or you can do a low level format with the utility from the drives manufacturer your choice
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Format just delete the index.dat file. Recovering that you recover the whole drives context. download the utility for your hdd from its manufacturer to wipe the drive if you want to. Or you can do a low level format with the utility from the drives manufacturer your choice
You can't low level format modern drives. And if you do, you would destroy it.
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post #8 of 15
You could just zero out the drive. A 1 random pass shouldn't hurt your drive at all and everything will be gone.
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I use Killdisk to ensure data is gone. When i sell hdd's to others i am confidant nothing can be recovered and it's like starting with a fresh new drive. If i'm reading your post right then this is what you want.
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I use Killdisk to ensure data is gone. When i sell hdd's to others i am confidant nothing can be recovered and it's like starting with a fresh new drive. If i'm reading your post right then this is what you want.
Do you just use the standard DOD?
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