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My office has recently updated our computer system. My office manager is trying to wipe clean all of the hard drives on our Windows XP system before we get rid of them. Our Computer techs told her to get "sdelete" and "Roadkil's Disk Wipe". She put both on a USB drive and tried to "run" it on the first hard drive, we extracted files, etc. Nothing is happening. Can you please help me. Thank you very much.
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Hi and welcome to the forums,

I'm not familiar with either of those tools, but generally to format a drive you can use the manufacturer's diagnostic tool. E.g. for Seagate hard drives, you can download SeaTools. Burn the program to a CD and boot the computer off the CD. You can then run a diagnostic (in case the drive is dying) or, in your case, choose to completely format the drive.

As this is a business there's not too much help we can give here, sounds like you should ideally book in an appointment with your computer tech to get it done.

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You need to create a bootable flash drive of CD. You can't just run a program that will wipe the drive you are booted from.

Once you have that, see if there is a portable version of those programs.

You can also look at DBAN (Darrick's Boot And Nuke). Here is a tutorial for creating a bootable flash drive with DBAN on it. Install DBAN to a USB Flash Drive using Windows
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