Erasing data on hdd

  InCog 11:52 29 Apr 2007

I want to erase all data on my hdd before passing the PC on. In the current May issue of PC Advisor there's a reference to Secure Erase utility on the cover disc (p.146). But I am confused by two issues:

Do I use this in place of the XP formatting facility or as well as and

If I use the Secure Erase utility will I be able to do an XP re-installation or is hdd made unusable prior to throwing away?

Thanks for any help.

  johndrew 12:38 29 Apr 2007

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  €dstowe 14:28 29 Apr 2007

On of the best things to do if you wish to remove everything from a hard drive is to carry out a "low level" format.

Check the manufacturer of the drive, go to their web site and you will most likely find a utility for doing this or, there are methods given on various web sites.

  Jack Hackett 14:28 29 Apr 2007

My tools of choice are:

Darik's Boot and Nuke, this is a bootable disk that will securely wipe the entire drive leaving it blank
click here

Eraser (which also has an option to make a DBAN boot disk) will securely wipe sensitive data and free space on your drive, it operates from within windows leaving windows and other software intact.
click here

  InCog 14:39 29 Apr 2007

That's great - thanks to you all for your help.

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