best method to format my hard drive

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Found 26th Mar 2009
i know a simple format is not really good enough as the files can still be extracted. A format merely deletes pointers on the hd

i want to sell my hd on ebay but dont want any scumbags prodding it for data. So, what is the best method guys ?

thanks

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Best thing to do is Restore system to beginning, or install installation discs. Good luck.

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Original Poster

many thanks.

I also found dban which looks good !

Webroot's Wndows washer "Bleaches" your HD. Can overwrite your it many many times over (as many as you like the more the better) Making the "remnants" unrecoverable. Should be available form to download from mininova.

mike07071964;4742456

Best thing to do is Restore system to beginning, or install installation … Best thing to do is Restore system to beginning, or install installation discs. Good luck.



wont kill the previous data on it though.

Kandiman1983;4742495

Active@ KillDisk - Hard Drive Eraser is powerful and compact software … Active@ KillDisk - Hard Drive Eraser is powerful and compact software that allows you to destroy all data on hard and floppy drives completely, excluding any possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders. It's a hard drive and partition eraser utility.http://www.killdisk.com/



i tried kill disk and it did just that. completely killed my hard drive :x

Original Poster

Thanks guys!

Industry standards say if you wipe it seven times this is enough to make the extraction of files almost impossible

Check out this thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4628193

Another vote for dban though.
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