Formatting for dummies - software available?

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    What is the easiest way for one to
    completely format the hard drive of
    a computer that is about to be thrown out?

    I need to know specifically if it can be
    done through Windows 98 software or through
    the installation of a separate piece of software.

    My friend thanks all of you for the help.
     
  2. Andrew Pratt

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    Do you want to make sure no one ever gets access to any old data or is a simple format ok?

    If you just want to remove everything just enter DOS and type format c:
     
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    If you have a good drill and metal bit just drill all the way through the case in a coupla spots.

    Works great.

    I also understand that you can still retreive info from a formatted HD.

    Brent
     
  4. SethH

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    Look for PartitionMagic (not free). It is a wonderful partitioning program and has a secure erase function. Also, if don't ever want to use it, you could just take it out and put a large magnet on top of it for awhile.
     
  5. Patrick Sun

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    If it's a Maxtor or Western Digital hard drive, you can go to their website and download MaxBlast tools or WD Diagnostics, which will allow you to create a boot disk that will allow you to low level format the hard drive in question (writing all zeroes to the drive is the same thing as a low level format).
     
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    I second the low level format. But if you only need to remove a couple of personal data files, this will be enough in 99.99% of cases:

    http://www.heidi.ie/eraser

    Yes, it's free!

    -Christian
     

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