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    Herakles's Avatar Biologist BT Rep: +2
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    Which way is the best for clearing an harddisk?

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    erunestian's Avatar Darkness and Wonder BT Rep: +19BT Rep +19BT Rep +19BT Rep +19
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    What do you mean by clearing?

    If you just want it empty, do a quick format. In the command prompt write: "format [drive letter]: /q"

    If you want to erase the data so it's harder for someone to recover it, do "format [drive letter]:"

    Hope it helps...

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    If you're selling or dumping the drive then secure-wipe it.
    If not, just format.
    There isn't a bargepole long enough for me to work on [a Sony Viao] - clocker 2008

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    Herakles's Avatar Biologist BT Rep: +2
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    well, I am just researching which one is the hardest way to recover files

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    peat moss's Avatar Software Farmer BT Rep: +15BT Rep +15BT Rep +15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herakles View Post
    well, I am just researching which one is the hardest way to recover files
    Read Chewie's post again friend , which one ? Are you donating to the school or church or just a buddie ?
    Last edited by peat moss; 07-31-2007 at 01:28 AM.

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    Whenever I do a clean installation of an OS, I habitually erase the entire drive with Active Killdisk Hard Drive Eraser (the free version, of course). I just do a 'one-pass zero' erase, where the program just changes every bite to a zero. I'm an amateur, so given my limited knowledge of technology i think this is good enough.

    You can download the .iso of Active Killdisk here if you are interested.

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    Herakles's Avatar Biologist BT Rep: +2
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    Quote Originally Posted by peat moss View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Herakles View Post
    well, I am just researching which one is the hardest way to recover files
    Read Chewie's post again friend , which one ? Are you donating to the school or church or just a buddie ?
    I am just a buddie

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