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How do I delete my Windows on my HDD to sell it? IS there a Free Program to use? Do i need a floppy drive to do this?
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Do you have another hard drive in the machine? If not, do you have another desktop at your disposal? IF yes to either question, just stick the hard drive you want formated in that machine or boot to other hard drive and use disk managment to format.
    
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Check out the UBCD. There is a utility that does drive erasing all the way up to mil spec.
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no just this drive & I dont have any other drives to use
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post #5 of 24
if you can use it as a secondary HDD and go to diskmanagement to format it.
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post #6 of 24
Quote:
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no just this drive & I dont have any other drives to use
You can boot directly from the UBCD and you can wipe out everything.
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post #7 of 24
try downloading Hirens boot cd,

Loads of tools on there not just for that but well worth a look, but there are tools on there that will format the drive and destroy all data etc
http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/
post #8 of 24
If you have the Windows installation disk, you can format your Hard Drive from the disk like if you were to do a new installation and then cancel it..

Easy.
    
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post #9 of 24
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if you can use it as a secondary HDD and go to diskmanagement to format it.
Formatting will not destroy the data on the drive. Anyone with an internet connection could restore a formatted drive in short order.
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post #10 of 24
Or use DBAN to completely erase all data on it and make it a bit harder to recover
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