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Old July 2nd, 2006, 05:35 AM
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How To Erase Hard Drive

I am going to give away a computer with Windows 98 2nd ed and want to erase all personal info from hard drive. How do I do this? Reformat & reinstall Windows? If so, what are the steps? Thanks!
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Old July 2nd, 2006, 08:57 AM
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So you need to erase your computer and make sure the data is GONE forever? Look below

I can help here. It seems there alot of people that are wanting to reformat their computer.

Please follow these instructions below:

Warning: The instructions below are quite long.

The following information tells you how to use disk eraser: Active @ Killdisk.
Please follow the information carefully.

Create a boot disk

For Windows 95/98 MS-DOS or Command Prompt Mode

1. Click Start
2. Click Run
3. Type cmd and hit OK
4. At the DOS Prompt, type the following and hit ENTER:

FORMAT A: /S (assuming A: is your default floppy drive)
5. Follow onscreen messages until the process is complete.

Copying Copying KILLDISK.EXE, DOS4GW.EXE files to a Floppy
1. Download Active @ Killdisk from here.
2.Copy the Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives file (KILLDISK.EXE) and DOS-extender file (DOS4GW.EXE) to the bootable floppy disk or startup disk in drive A. (asuming A: is your default floppy drive)

Once you have installed Active@ KillDisk on the floppy, you are ready to boot from the floppy and use the software for disk erasing.

DOS Interactive Mode

This section describes using the DOS Interactive screens.
Here are the steps for interactive operation:

1. With the PC power off, insert the Active@ KILLDISK for Hard Drives floppy disk into drive A:.
2. Start the PC by turning on the power. The screen will display the Microsoft DOS prompt.
3. At the DOS prompt, run Active@ KILLDISK for Hard Drives by typing:

The Detected Physical Devices screen appears as below:

4. Change the position cursor using the keyboard [Down] and [Up] arrow keys.

Information in the right pane will change according to the structure of the detected devices.

Hard drive devices are numbered by the system BIOS. A system with a single hard drive will show it as number 80h. Subsequent hard drive devices will be numbered consecutively. For example the second device will be shown as 81h.

5. Be certain that the drive you are pointing to is the one that you want to erase. All data will be permanently erased with no chance for recovery.

If there is any doubt about which drive to select, preview the sectors in the device by pressing [Ctrl + S]. The screen appears, as below:

Scroll up and down using the keyboard arrow keys, [Page Up], [Page Down], [Home] and [End] navigation keys. Jump to a specific sector using [Ctrl + G]. When you are satisfied with the identification of the device, press [Esc] to exit this screen.

6. When you have selected the device to erase, move the cursor to that device and press [Enter] on the keyboard. The Configuration Screen appears:

Using the keyboard arrow keys, select the feature that you want to configure. Press [Enter] to make a change.

The Confirm Action screen appears:

7. This is the final step before removing data from the selected drive for ever. Once the process has started, you may stop it by pressing the [Esc] key.

Type ERASE-ALL-DATA and press [Enter]. Progress of the erasing procedure will be monitored in the Disk Erasing screen, similar to the one below:

8. If you wish to stop the process for any reason after it has begun, press the [Esc] key. Please note, however that erased data will not be recoverable. There is nothing more to do until the end of the disk erasing process. The application will operate on its own without user intervention.

If there are any errors, for example due to bad clusters, they will be reported on the Interactive screen. If such a message appears, it will be possible to cancel the operation (by pressing [Esc]), or continue erasing data.

Thankyou for your time.

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Old July 2nd, 2006, 06:27 PM
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How to erase hard drive

Technician: Many thanks for your help, very much appreciated.
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Old July 3rd, 2006, 01:18 AM
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Noooooooo prob.

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Old July 3rd, 2006, 02:35 AM
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All though KILLDISK does a great job, it can also kill your drive but I have used it succesfully several times. After that is all done, you will have to go into SETUP and reset you time and date, as it also resets system BIOS to defaults, so any custom settings you had are gone and will have to be reset.

Also if you are going to reload Windows before giving it away, you will have to partition and format the drive.

BTW: Technician. I would remove your email addy as spammers look for these in forums.
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thanks murf. I will remove that.

And actually, killdisk already formats it for you.... It just doesnt partition it.
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