View Full Version : Any program to wipe hard drive clean ?
November 28th, 2002, 8:39am
I was wondering if anyone knew of any free or pay for programs that can delete (wipe clean) a persons hard drive ? If anyone knows of a program like this, I would appreciate it if you could post a message where to get it . Thanks for the help.
November 28th, 2002, 9:05am
If I understand the question...the answer is that reformatting your hardrive is available from within your Windows system. But that function wipes it clean...completely.
You'll need to prepare thoroughly...since there's gotta be something that you wanna save (bookmarks, address books, settings...something), and you'll need to reinstall the basic operating system.
It's an excellent housekeeping thing to do...but a goodly amount of work reinstalling all your software and peripherals. Would suggest you spend some time doing google searchs on "reformatting hard drive" before just slicking it.
It *really* helps if you have a second computer available at the same time...to search for solutions to any problems you might run into.
November 28th, 2002, 10:40am
I reformatted a week or so ago and everything is working much better. However, you MUST be prepared. Best thing to do is burn everything you want to save to a cd. MAKE SURE YOU MAKE A START UP DISK AND TEST IT TO SEE IF IT WORKS. And make sure you have all your drivers or at least know exactly which ones you will need to download. Then you just need your windows cd and your ISP cd so you can get back online to download all the other things you might need. Good luck!:smile3:
November 28th, 2002, 12:15pm
If Windows is your operating system and you go to the dos - C prompt and type: deltree:WIN
This will delete your entire Windows operating system in effect wiping out your hard drive, you will lose EVERYTHING, though it sounds like that is what you want. Your PC will be useless until you reinstall some operating system.
Better have an autheticated copy of the Operating system CD you want ( with the certification # as they will ask for this) to reinstall and a Boot disc you will need to get operational. And some time at least an hour to go thru all the set-up.
This is very extreme and not recommended unless it is as a last resort. I had some worm that totally had screwed up my system and had to resort to this-which though a pain, worked for me.