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hello everyone. i had a couple of questions as how to wipe a hard drive. i have several lying around from my old pc and some i just got on the cheap or free. im going to start a new build soon and want to use one of these if i can. im not sure whats on some of these. my biggest one which is a 500g is what i want to use. it has windows xp and it might have a virus on it also. haven't decided it i want to buy another ssd and run the hdd as a backup or use the hdd as my only one. is there a way i can wipe the hard drive completely and install windows or just use it as a backup? there's nothing on any of these drives i want to keep if that means anything? any help would be great!
post #2 of 11
Just connect the hard drives and load from the windows CD, then select format on the hard drives you want to delete, then power down and remove the hard drives.
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Just format it and partition as you see fit. No need to get too crazy with the wipe.

However, if you want to securely erase the contents, nothing beats Darik's Boot and Nuke thumb.gif
    
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would i do anything in the bios? or just connect them and partition them from my computer? would it do anything to my pc now if the hard drives had a virus on them? just trying to safely do this
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Which method should someone use if they are going to sell the hdd with DBAN(how many passes)?
post #6 of 11
The default DBAN settings are enough. IIRC it's 3 passes with PRNG. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, it's been a while. But even then, that is more than enough to sufficiently foil a standard person/organization from ever recovering the drive.

That depends on the virus. I'd recommend doing this. Go download Hiren's BootCD, burn to CD (or compile on USB stick with GRUB loader to boot it), from there, boot the computer from it with the drive you want wiped plugged in. Boot in "Mini Windows XP" and from the HBCD Menu go to Hard Drives/Storage > Low Level Format Tool. From here, you can fully zero the drive without having to worry about anything getting off of it onto your primary drives. And yes, do make sure to unplug your primary drives before booting into HBCD.
    
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i just did this last week before turning-in a 2.5 drive to WD. I used the free version of Easeus Todo Backup. It has a feature under Tools called Wipe Data. I think there are 5 choices and I chose the shortest one (single pass), which took about 2 hours for a 320Gb drive.. Others are longer.

here . . .

http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Todo-Backup-Free/3000-2242_4-10964460.html?tag=mncol;1

make sure you pick the right drive.thumb.gif
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CCleaner also has a partition wiper under the 'Tools' section.

http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

It does a single zero pass. Usually enough, and far more thorough than just formatting. I wouldn't sell a drive until it's been zeroed.
     
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haha well thanks for everyones opinions. i dont really know how to do anything of the things everyone posted. i dont want to sell any of the drives just want to reuse them. ill hang on to them and sometime in the future ill figure it out lol
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

CCleaner also has a partition wiper under the 'Tools' section.
http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
It does a single zero pass. Usually enough, and far more thorough than just formatting. I wouldn't sell a drive until it's been zeroed.

Not to test your expertise here Kramy, but I don't install Windows until it's been zeroed. If I were going to sell a drive I'd do a basic DBAN. redface.gif
    
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