Cleanse a Harddrive

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Old 07-17-08, 10:28 AM
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Planning to sell older computer but want to sanitize the hard drive with years of personal data stored.
Anyone know how to do this.
Side issue, can all the data be removed without removing the operating system? I have misplaced the install disc for windows.
 
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Old 07-17-08, 11:22 AM
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You can't get all the data off without wiping the hard drive.

You may be able to make it so the data is not there for the casual user, but no automated way that I know of.

I would never sell a computer without at least formatting and reloading the OS. I would normally run Boot and Nuke, then reload the OS.
 
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Old 07-17-08, 09:14 PM
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Question Cleansing Hard Drive

Thanks chandltp. I copied the dban file to CD, but still do not
understand how to reinstall the OS if I do not have the original
disc. This was installed several years ago and I do not have a clue what happened to the Windows XP disc.
Any suggestions?
 

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Old 07-18-08, 05:50 AM
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Try to borrow a CD.

If you have the license key, a local shop may install from one of their CD's for a minimal fee. That is assuming you don't have a PC using proprietary drivers. In that case, you may have to cough up the $50 - $100 to order restore discs from the manufacturer.
 
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