hard drive scrub/system restore


Old 01-16-08, 05:55 PM
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hard drive scrub/system restore

Will the system recovery cd's scrub my hard drive completely clean?

I have a laptop that I plan to give away and was planning to first restore the system to its original factory settings using the system recovery cd's, but I wanted to make sure that was enough to completely scrub the hard drive.

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Old 01-16-08, 06:42 PM
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The short answer is no.

The absolute best recommendation is to remove the hard drive and destroy it. Buy a new hard drive to install.

The second best alternative is to connect the hard drive to another PC and run one of the available programs on it to completely clean it.
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Determine the manufacturer of the hard drive and go to their website. Download the disk tools program and use it to write 0s to the drive. Formatting the drive can be undone.
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Or just grab killdisk off of download.com, run it about 7 times and you're good to go. Please don't waste your money on destroying a hard drive and buying a new one.....military grade data destruction should be good enough, right?
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Another option is to download DBAN:


You can burn it to CD (or put it on floppy) and boot from that disk. Then have it wipe the drive.

When it's done, you'll have a hard drive with NO data and NO partitions. Throw in the restore CD's, and you'll be good to go.

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