Re-cycling an old computer for charity

  avesnes 17:55 09 Feb 2007

There is a place in Maldon, Essex that accepts old machines and re-cycles them. I am planning to give them my 1998 Gateway, but before doing so, I want to wipe the hard drive. Any suggestions, please, for the best/easiest of wiping clean the "C" drive. Many thanks in advance.

  pj123 18:08 09 Feb 2007

Just re-format it.

  woodchip 18:12 09 Feb 2007

Use this on the Hard Drive. the free version click here

  Meshuga 18:40 09 Feb 2007

avesnes, I am thinking of doing the same as you and as my daughter lives in Maldon I could get her to take it there as I live in Norfolk. Would you please give me the address of the place you mention. You may email me via my yellow envelope if you prefer. Many thanks. Meshuga.

  avesnes1 23:12 09 Feb 2007

The details are:-

Unit 2
Wycke Business Park

Tel: 01621 855954

I believe they are open Mon - Fri 08:30 -- 17:00

  avesnes1 23:32 09 Feb 2007

When I right click on the "C" drive in "My Computer" and then select "Format", I get the message "Windows cannot format this drive because it contains files in use by Windows." I assume this is a safety precaution to prevent disastrous accidents. This old machine is running Windows 98.
Is there another way to re-format?

  AndySD 23:42 09 Feb 2007

Download a Bootdisk from click here and make the Boot Floppy Disk(s)

Boot from this and at the prompt type in

Format C:

  Tim1964 23:44 09 Feb 2007

Do you have a start up disk (floppy)?

If not then click here have the files to copy to a floppy.

Then reboot the PC with this disk in the drive and at the C:\ type 'format C' (without the ')

It will ask "Are you sure......?"

Hit Y for yes and watch in horror/amazement as it all disappears.

This doesn't completely destroy the data of course, it hides it from all but the most determined.

You will need something like woodchip suggest to completely wipe it.

  Tim1964 23:46 09 Feb 2007


I must learn to type faster..... :D

  Meshuga 08:24 10 Feb 2007

avesnes1, Many thanks for the details.

  avesnes1 12:26 11 Feb 2007

AndySD & Tim1964
Thanks for the guidance. It all worked as you advised and I plan to take the old kit to the Maldon address for charitable re-cycling next Wednesday. I am very grateful for your help.

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