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#1
so, I don't speak nerd, so Google searches were out. I tried reading a couple and they all said the same thing, which was not the answer. When I wanna know how to wipe a hard drive, i wanna learn it fast. They all do this like 20 page long introduction to their thing, and your like,"It must be coming up soon!" and, theres no answer.

Don't say just wipe your hard drive with a cloth. that doesn't work.
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#7
Get a cloth.
Apply said cloth to hard-drive in a stroking manner.

EDIT:
Oh my gosh, I didn't read the end of TS' post where he mentioned the cloth stuff. My bad, dewd.
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#8
Del sys.. n/m
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#11
There's a reason the instructions are so long, wiping a hard drive including the OS is something that should be done carefully, you wouldn't want quick instructions for how to put a new engine in a car would you?
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#15
hmm, so, I think I will just dump every visible thing into the recycling bin, and then... PEE ON THE HARD DRIVE!

Would reainstalling windows work?

EDIT: Someone remind me to not post in the pit.
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#16
There's a progam called SecureErase or something like that, which, in addition to both deleting your drive also overwrites it with bogus info; either just 0, random 0 + 1 or a combination, rendering your disc completely empty, and leaving no way to restore old data because all sectors have been overwritten.
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#17
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hmm, so, I think I will just dump every visible thing into the recycling bin, and then... PEE ON THE HARD DRIVE!

Would reainstalling windows work?

EDIT: Someone remind me to not post in the pit.

System recovery? What kinda pc do you have?
#18
Do you want to just start fresh because you got viruses from pr0n?

Or do you have incriminating child pr0n that will land you in jail for 50 years that you need to completely erase without any hope of recovery?
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#19
Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Storage

Once there, Right click on the Hard Drive you want and click Format. An window pops up, leave everything as is and press OK.

This is about as idiot proof as it gets.

Oh yea, i wouldn't do it to the same hard drive that Windows is installed on. This is for extra hard drives that you have.

To wipe the hard drive with Windows you need to go into the BIOS at startup and you said your self you are not gonna do that.
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#22
Call the helpline, or atleast some technician/someone who WOULD know what to do and leave it to them.
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#23
have a mod banzor hammer it.
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#27
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Do you want to just start fresh because you got viruses from pr0n?

Or do you have incriminating child pr0n that will land you in jail for 50 years that you need to completely erase without any hope of recovery?


Well, there are viruses because of no firewall... I dont even use it my brother does and I let him use it cause I got a new one. It it a Dell Dimension 3100.
I don't think theres any(if little) pr0n on there. And... why the **** would you look at child pr0n. what the hell is pr0n? I dont go in the pit often, do you mean p0rn?

I will od that formatting thing that one guy said. and thenks to whoever said it.
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#30
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I don't know what you mean...


He means under where it says St.Loony is says UGS Wow Fanatic or something.
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#31
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He means under where it says St.Loony is says UGS Wow Fanatic or something.


#32
Stick your Windows disk in, assuming you have one. Follow from there. Back up the stuff you want to keep first!

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#35
By the time you get a helpful answer here you could have read the long instructions.
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#38
This is one of the few pit posts I will be making in my lifetime. I say, I have about 8 left before I go mad with insanity and stuff.

I already got an answer. And no, There is no porn on it or anything.
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#39
dude, if you are trying to wipe a secondary non-system files drive, you can just right click on the drive in my computer. if you are looking for a completely new boot disk.... insert the system disk in to you disk drive, restart your comp, it will ask you to press a key if you want to boot from disk... do it... and follow on screen instructions... not that difficult
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dude, if you are trying to wipe a secondary non-system files drive, you can just right click on the drive in my computer. if you are looking for a completely new boot disk.... insert the system disk in to you disk drive, restart your comp, it will ask you to press a key if you want to boot from disk... do it... and follow on screen instructions... not that difficult

This.

All versions of Windows give you the option to format your drive.

If you want security, i.e. if you want to wipe off credit/login details beyond recovery so you can sell the PC (not necessary if you're going to reinstall), use O&O SafeErase. It has a very simple wizard to completely destroy all data on the drive. Formatting by itself doesn't remove data, but it will gradually be removed when it is overwritten.

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