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How to COMPLETELY wipe out a hard drive?


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I just had a Latitude laptop replaced by Dell but I have to send the old one back. How do I completely format the hard drive so it is totally void of any of my information?
I have XP professional.
Thanks! Dave
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Find out its manufacturer, download the utility from the appropriate website, there should be an option to low-level format it.
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Darek's Boot and Nuke
This program completely erase all data on the drive(s)
you can download Boot and Nuke to run on floppy disk or cd and dvd

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

Click this for a guide to using Boot and Nuke

http://keith.geeksto...bootandnuke.htm
Make sure you backup important files.

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dban is the way to go....run it 4 times....they would have to REALLY want to get the data back to even attempt it
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Thank you very much for the replies. I will try dban as suggested. Have a great day! Dave
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