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Old 02-26-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Sold my PC...how to clean my HDD?

Is it still true that the only way to make sure your data is gone is by smashing the harddrive?

I have the westerndigital raptor x and I need to go to fedex in less than 30minutes today so please rely fast. thanx.
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:34 PM   #2
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Just do a full format...there's no way to be completely sure they won't get data off it, but if you just format it it's very unlikely they'll get anything. Professional data recovery costs thousands of dollars, so I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:55 PM   #3
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normal format should be good enough
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:04 PM   #4
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Do a low level format, and do it a few times. You could do it with the HDD manufacturers software, or you could use this
http://www.killdisk.com/
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:22 PM   #5
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Do a low level format, and do it a few times. You could do it with the HDD manufacturers software, or you could use this
http://www.killdisk.com/
13 times to be safe
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:24 PM   #6
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13 times to be safe
Lol, why 13?
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:33 PM   #7
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i gotta do killdisk sometime on my comp.... lol

not that i have anything bad

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Old 02-26-2007, 06:35 PM   #8
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i gotta do killdisk sometime on my comp.... lol

not that i have anything bad

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Old 02-26-2007, 06:37 PM   #9
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Just defragment it then format it lots of times lol
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lol what would defragging do??? and 13 times for kill disk is not nessisary, i'd say 7 is perfect.
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