Securely deleting HDD before disposal

  Pelham123 16:05 26 Oct 2005

I have a friend with a PC notebook (running WinXP) who would like to securely delete ALL the files on his HDD before disposing of it. Any ideas how this can be done? If we installed a diskwipe program, does it delete the OS afterwards, or just wipe the free space?


  SANTOS7 16:13 26 Oct 2005

If you mean dispose, as throw away, take a big Hammer to it, if you mean give it to someone else
Formatting the drive should suffice or
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  ventanas 16:15 26 Oct 2005

You can try this click here and use the low level format option. Should be good enough.

  Stuartli 16:16 26 Oct 2005


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Maxtor's maxllf.exe seems to be a popular utility.

  Stuartli 16:17 26 Oct 2005

To be absolutely sure a full format afterwards should do the trick.

  SANTOS7 16:18 26 Oct 2005

and the big ammer to finish it off...

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