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I am going to reinstall vista and want to completely erase the 2 hdds in my array. I was going to reformat, but I want to be sure to remove everything. How can I do this including the boot etc.?
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post #2 of 12
A full format in the Vista installation will do just fine.
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post #3 of 12
A format works but if you want to wipe everything.. and I mean everything use DBAN. Beware it takes hours.. depending on the size of the drive.
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post #4 of 12
Yeh DBAN does wonders, It took me 7 1/2 HRS to wipe my 120 though
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I have used Disc Wipe and it completely erased everything. To test, I tried doing an extensive R-Studio recovery and it came back clean.
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post #6 of 12
KillDisk worked well for me. You can download the free version - the pay version allows you to use the DoD and Guttman standards.
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post #7 of 12
DBAN ftw.

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post #8 of 12
Definately go with DBAN although it's a little finiky.
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post #10 of 12
Honestly, if you are going to install a new O/S on top of the reformatted drive, do you really need to do a full sector wipe of the drive?

I'd think that the normal reformat as part of a new installation would take care of everything on the disk well enough (or do you have some "national security" files on that disk that you absolutely have to get rid of or else the "men in black helicopters" might come looking for you? /hmmmmm.... )
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