Hello and good morning everyone, my friend is about to buy a brand new laptop, and she wishes to give her old laptop to her brother who is abroad, but first she wants to COMPLETELY wipe the laptop 100%. She has already gotten a portable external hard drive to transfer all her important docs, pictures, etc. She needs a program that will totally wipe her hide drive of ALL data(obviously not the operating system, lol!!!) and it must be TOTALLY FREE and simple to use......just like install, 1 click, and all data is gone and cannot be retrieved. Any help would be much appreciated. thanks
There's only one way to completely wipe a HDD and that is to take a hammer to it. There are programs out there that can retrieve data from any working HDD that has been used.Having said that, it's unlikely that anyone would want to go to the expense of so doing. For reasonable safety you can use the HDD manufacturers bootable floppy to write a series of ones and zeroes across the whole HDD. Unfortunately if your recovery O/S is on a hidden partition you could easily erase that too if not careful.