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Post by Jim W on Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:31 pm

I have a tower and laptop I plan to donate. Before I do, what is the best way to completely wipeout memory from all storage areas, after downloading information to be saved. Rather do this than smash and dump!

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Post by Axixic on Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:37 pm

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Post by sparks on Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:58 pm

Used to be easier when we had floppy dives to boot from. Bootable floppy with "format.com(or exe)' on it and FORMAT C:/

You can also boot to an original XP CD and format without installing (I believe)
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Post by Jim W on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:35 pm

Axixic wrote:Five hard disk cleaning and erasing tools

Article from October 2012.

Thank You, Axixic! Beer
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Post by CheenaGringo on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:46 pm

Jim:

With the current prices of internal hard drives being what they are, I wouldn't take a chance by including the hard drive. Smash the darned this with a hammer and toss in the trash. I just did that with one that was in the process of dying.

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Post by tictoc on Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:14 pm

Jim W wrote:I have a tower and laptop I plan to donate. Before I do, what is the best way to completely wipeout memory from all storage areas, after downloading information to be saved. Rather do this than smash and dump!

TIA, Jim
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Post by espíritu del lago on Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:38 pm

have some fun put HD in Muriatic acid. Not PC but effective! Thumbs up


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Post by jrm30655 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:49 pm

Dban will do it. Takes a while (use the 7 step option)

Free on the net

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Post by HelperGuy on Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:05 pm

espíritu del lago wrote:have some fun put HD in Muriatic acid. Not PC but effective! Thumbs up
This is what the maid uses to clean the toilets, but I think the bubbling gaseous bit comes before...

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Post by Zedinmexico on Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:43 am

Just google military wipe or government wipe and do it four or five times.
Unless you are the NSA nobody is getting data off it after that. Folks down
here could use a good hard drive you know rather than destroying it. It was
good enough procedure for wiping executives laptops at HP.

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Post by HelperGuy on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:47 am

And unfortunately, drives suffered a massive price hike after the floods in Thailand; this had a double-whammy effect in Mexico, where after prices settled up north, they stayed high here for quite a while longer. Like a year.

And they settled at a higher price than pre-flood prices. I also hear that Seagate announced they will stop making mechanical drives and focus on solid-state. The mind boggles. That only leaves Seagate and Western Digital as major manufacturers.

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Post by Zedinmexico on Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:31 pm

I heard they are going to stop 7200rpm drives.

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Post by HelperGuy on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:04 pm

Yeah, which is basically their lot. They make very few 10,000 drives and the 5,200s are for laptops.

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