How do I delete everything off my hard drive?

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  1. lonewolf01

    lonewolf01

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    I want to take an old computer to Goodwill but want to make sure the hard drive is clean. I tried a format c: from the command prompt but it didn't work. Is there another command to do it? There are no state secrets on the computer so I don't want to buy any special software. Is there an easy way to do it?

    BTW, It's running windows 2000.
     
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    whitetiger7653 NRA Life Member

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    Remove hard drive from computer, take hard drive to range, shoot hard drive with Uzi, then shoot hard drive with Garand.
     

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    Turtle13 Ni!

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    Even if you format it a savvy person can still bring the files back up. You need a special program to get rid of files permanently.
     
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    Turtle13 Ni!

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    Yes this.
     
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    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    Buy a rare earth magnet, remove hard drive, and apply the magnet around the drive.

    ~$30 for rare earth magnet. Be careful though because these magnets are not toys if you get a larger one.
     
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    Since it's 10 years old noone wants it anyway.
     
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    The local range doesn't allow shooting at non-targets (causes too much litter). A hammer works well. So does a drill press. Really, I never dispose of an intact hard drive. I have software that's supposed to wipe them, but I don't even trust that.
     
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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Since you are using Windows 2000 - use the FDISK routine and delete all active partitions. Then create a new partition and do a low level format. It will not have an operating system anymore and is clean.
     
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    Wrong! "Take off and nuke the entire site from orbit." That's the only way to be sure, at least according to Ripley! :tongueout:

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    An acetylene torch gets the job done fast, just makes sure you have a nice cross breeze, they let off some nasty gas.
     
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    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    Well, no, the operating system won't let you format the disk it's on. Boot from the install disk and format it from there. You should be able to format it without installing Windows. Alternately since it's really old maybe downloading and installing Ubuntu or some other Linux distro might be the answer.

    Even reformatting it doesn't protect your data from someone with the resources and the will to recover it. The only sure way to prevent your data from being recovered is to physically destroy the HDD platters.

    Realistically though reformatting it should be good for what you want.
     
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    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

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    No one wants the computer. Kill the HDD and take it to a legit recycling company.

    MF
     
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    I use soap and water to clean mine.
     
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    I use a drill press and 3/8" carbide bit. Several random holes through all the platters works nicely. .30-06 FMJ does the same and is more fun.
     
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    Someone with NO computer might be able to use it.
     
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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Actually there are a lot of people that would be happy to have a computer but can't afford one. Just because it's worthless to you doesn't mean it's worthless.
     
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    Really, just get Ubuntu and install it. It'll let you repart and overwrite the HD in the install.