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I'm wondering how I can do a secure erase for an external drive in Windows 7 Home Premium... where can I do that? I right clicked the drive and selected 'format' but didn't see any options to do a secure erase. Cheers.
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I'm wondering how I can do a secure erase for an external drive in Windows 7 Home Premium... where can I do that? I right clicked the drive and selected 'format' but didn't see any options to do a secure erase. Cheers.

Fool thinks you can secure erase in windowz 7? Fool, there aint no secure erasin is win 7 without no 3rd party tools yah dig? Besides this 2012 playa. Burn yo drives!!!
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Are you trying to completely erase the drive? You can use http://hddguru.com/software/2006.04.13-HDD-Wipe-Tool/ to write 0's to it.
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Fool thinks you can secure erase in windowz 7? Fool, there aint no secure erasin is win 7 without no 3rd party tools yah dig? Besides this 2012 playa. Burn yo drives!!!

Also are you illiterate?
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Fool thinks you can secure erase in windowz 7? Fool, there aint no secure erasin is win 7 without no 3rd party tools yah dig? Besides this 2012 playa. Burn yo drives!!!
I have a love hate relationship with Windows 7 right now, I love it for gaming and hate it for everything else. What kind of reliable third party tools exist that are free?
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Are you trying to completely erase the drive? You can use http://hddguru.com/software/2006.04.13-HDD-Wipe-Tool/ to write 0's to it.
That's what I'm wanting to do, is that linked file malware/spyware/virus/trojan free? tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by FEAST View Post

Fool thinks you can secure erase in windowz 7? Fool, there aint no secure erasin is win 7 without no 3rd party tools yah dig? Besides this 2012 playa. Burn yo drives!!!

wow a gangster overclocker now ive seen everything.

Ontopic: I think CCleaner with its drive wiper might do the trick. The cool thing is itll run it over more then once just to be sure.
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no secure erase in Windows 7,
1.Download Parted Magic Live CD
2. boot
3. use secure erase tool
4. ...?
5 profit

edit: @FEAST - please use correct grammar as is expected at OCN.
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Thanks everyone for your replies!
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wow a gangster overclocker now ive seen everything.
Ontopic: I think CCleaner with its drive wiper might do the trick. The cool thing is itll run it over more then once just to be sure.
CCleaner! Yes, thank you! I've used it before, this is the correct site right: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
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Thanks everyone for your replies!
CCleaner! Yes, thank you! I've used it before, this is the correct site right: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
I normally download through Filehippo.
http://filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/download/ea5d1578d8526d4e1b31d22cad3bc82a/
    
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I normally download through Filehippo.
http://filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/download/ea5d1578d8526d4e1b31d22cad3bc82a/
Ah I see. I saw the option to download from them on the site I linked, I've downloaded and installed it from them now anyway. It looks like it'll do the job, thanks!
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I normally download through Filehippo.
http://filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/download/ea5d1578d8526d4e1b31d22cad3bc82a/

I've always downloaded from piriform. Never a problem. Probably my #1 favorite 3rd party program for my PC by far! IF Kim Komando recommends it, its gotta be good.....fool

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