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Old 01-19-2009, 03:17 AM   #1
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Old hard drive which has so many viruses on it
what i want to do is change it into an external hard drive.
so is there a way to wipe the hard drive before i modify it or do i do it after?
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:26 AM   #2
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Is it the one that still currently has your OS on it?
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:59 AM   #3
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I use Acronis True Image to destroy files and then RevoUninstaller to wipe the drive.
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If it was me, i would install an Antivirus onto my comp, make the HDD into an external, plug it in, and do a full Format on it.

Not sure if this is recommended to do or not.
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:40 AM   #5
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i really do want to wipe the drive so i think i will go with Remeniz but does any1 know of a different program i could use to destroy the files?
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Formatting does wipe the files IIRC.
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You can get the formatting tools from the manufacture website. If you re-certify the drive it's gonna take a while but it will be 100% wiped.
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Killdisk.
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