• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

Wipe out hard drive

hndlthis

Can you handle this?
#1
I am getting rid of my old lap top and I need to wipe EVERYTHING off the hard drive, zero it out, null everything on the hard drive, or whatever. It has a lot of personal information on it and I can't have any of that be passed on. How could I wipe everything off the hard drive?

Lap top: Windows 2000 OS, IBM ThinkPad
 
#2
Symantec Wipe Info does the job for me. It's part of Norton Systemworks. There may be a few free utilities on the net. Just do a google search and you should be able to find something.
 

kreation

OSNN Junior Addict
#3
Just do a low level format this will fill the drive with zero's and wipe everything.

you should be able to find a utility for this from the hardrive manufacturers website.
 

kreation

OSNN Junior Addict
#5
Contrary to most people's belief, formatting a drive does NOT erase the data that is stored within. It only tells the operating system that the existing data on the drive is available to be overwritten with new data
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#6
Originally posted by sboulema
just boot to dos and fdisk it
this won't actually fll the hd with "0"s. fdisk only clears the TOC and cluster headers (?). and when you make a partition, it checks the integrity of the drive, ie. a scandisk.

for a true wipe (merely for extreme security's sake, no other reason) get a utility like ibm's DFT. that should work.

but if you're not worried about the government confiscating your laptop, then just repartition and reformat the drive. that's plenty.
 

Members online

No members online now.

Latest posts

Latest profile posts

Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS

Been running around Quora lately, luv it there https://tinyurl.com/ycpxl
Electronic Punk wrote on Perris Calderon's profile.
All good still mate?
Hello, is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me ...
Xie
What a long strange trip it's been. =)

Forum statistics

Threads
61,962
Messages
673,247
Members
89,020
Latest member
saryrehgy