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Mr Crowley



Joined: 23 Mar 2006
Location: West Monroe, LA USA

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:35 pm    Post subject: Formatting a computer Reply with quote

I am going to sell my computer, and I need to erase everything (passwords, etc.). How do I format it ?
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Formatting a computer Reply with quote

Mr Crowley wrote:
I am going to sell my computer, and I need to erase everything (passwords, etc.). How do I format it ?


Even a hard format won't completely clear the data (it can still be recovered off of a formatted drive).

To format a HDD you need to boot from another device (flash drive, CD or DVD).

from a command line prompt type " format c:\ "
Done.

Alternatively, if you have a bootable windows install disk you can boot from that and remove the partition with the data on it. Then install the partition (as a new partition) and reinstall windows. This will effectively remove the data from all but a serious attempt to use a bit counter to recover data off of the platters.

If you can put the drive into another computer as a non boot drive you can use the control panel admin tools to remove the partition, install a partition and format the drive (don't just do a quick format - do a full format).

Depending on the size of the drive, a full format (not a quick format) will take a couple of hours to complete.

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Swampfox10mm



Joined: 24 Mar 2011

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Download D-Ban (Darrick's Boot Nuke)

Make a DVD from the ISO and run overnight. It writes over the entire drive 3 times.
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wishfullthinkng



Joined: 05 Mar 2010

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gauss gun.

seriously.
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Skippy



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: Daejeon

PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wishfullthinkng wrote:
gauss gun.

seriously.


thermite would be better.

I am surprised the OP did not just google this? I mean there a multitude of guides and videos that would explain this.
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