clearing hard drive query

  struggle8 13:34 01 Sep 2004
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I have an old pc that I am going to get rid of but I dont want anyone being able to recover old data on the hard drive will using the setting revert the pc to factory settings when it came do this or do I have to format it completely and will theat do the trick

  mcds01 13:35 01 Sep 2004

I would format it - thats sure to get rid of everything,

  struggle8 13:48 01 Sep 2004

if i put it back to factory setting using the system recovery which puts pc back to when i brought it would that not clean drive of all data

  [email protected] 16:26 01 Sep 2004

try this not used it myself but it is free
click here

  christmascracker 16:34 01 Sep 2004

Be careful what you do. If you wipe the HDD completely then the restore disc might not work.

Restoring back to recovery settings should be adequate

  rawprawn 16:52 01 Sep 2004

Travelmoney is right to suggest Eraser, if you put your computer back to factory settings, then use Eraser to wipe free space on the disc.

  struggle8 16:59 01 Sep 2004

ok thanks all give it a go

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