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post #1 of 8 Old 11-28-2012, 07:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Due to both of my parents passing away and us downsizing from two households to one (retiring) I have an abundance of PC's. Two of these are full HTPC's and the other three are regular ones (but custom made). I would like to sell these, but I want to make sure they are clean. Would a full reformat do this? I really don't want to remove the hard drives being I want to sell them.

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Formating a hard drive doesn't erase any data, it just tells the system the old data can be over-writen
Most regular folks wouldn't know how to recover data from a formatted drive

For absolute peace of mind, Darik's Boot and Nuke will totally wipe a hard drive securely so no undelete software can recover anything back

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Low-level format them. There are many utilities that will write all zeros to them.
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Use a program such as Eraser.
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Use a program such as Eraser.

Nope, Eraser is not meant to wipe an entire hard drive
Look here for difference between Eraser and DBaN: http://www.pcworld.com/article/261702/how_to_securely_erase_your_hard_drive.html

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Last I heard the safe method is to over write the drive a few times, look at File Shredder. It basically overwrites your whole disc three times.
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Last I heard the safe method is to over write the drive a few times, look at File Shredder. It basically overwrites your whole disc three times.

Again, This File Shredder seems to be oriented at a user that want to delete a specific file (hence the name file shredder) beyond recovery; it seems to hold an option called "Disk Wiper" to overwrite unused portion of a disk, but not the whole disk.

DBan is a software you burn to a cd, then you boot from the cd to the program & it overwrites everything on the disk, including OS, files, even empty space repeatedly
Then you pop in your windows cd & format/install on a perfectly clean slate

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Again, This File Shredder seems to be oriented at a user that want to delete a specific file (hence the name file shredder) beyond recovery; it seems to hold an option called "Disk Wiper" to overwrite unused portion of a disk, but not the whole disk.
DBan is a software you burn to a cd, then you boot from the cd to the program & it overwrites everything on the disk, including OS, files, even empty space repeatedly
Then you pop in your windows cd & format/install on a perfectly clean slate

There is an option to "shred" all unused portions of your hard drive, but yeah its definitely not a bootable program like your talking about.
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