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Wipe a Hard Drive clean?!?! How

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June 8, 2013 1:41:08 PM

My dad has a computer that is just trashed but the hard drive is still good. I want to wipe the Hard Drive clean of all it's current files though so I can use it as a whole new Hard Drive. How would I do this if the rest of the computer is trashed though???

BTW by "trashed" I mean it needs important parts and I want to erase the drive before I replace them those parts.

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June 8, 2013 1:44:20 PM

Is there a way to back up the files somewhere beforehand and then wipe it
June 8, 2013 1:48:41 PM

If you need to replace parts to make it functional, yet need to wipe the drive before you can make it functional you're in a catch-22.

You can't wipe the drive and make it usable. You're best just sending the HDD to freeharddriverecycling and have them shred the drive.
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2013 1:49:53 PM

send it away? smashing it with a hammer and drilling holes in it is the fun part :) 
a b G Storage
June 8, 2013 1:52:59 PM

You will need another HDD to backup the files. Or put the drive in a running PC and partition the drive and load windows on the empty partition.

When you load windows, at the beginning there are options to delete the partition or partitions on the drive, make a "new" partition and format it then load windows on the newly created & formatted partition. That's the easiest & simplest way to do it.
a c 113 G Storage
June 8, 2013 2:05:59 PM

For now I Would pick up and IDE r Sata to USB encloser. They run about 20 on new egg. I would put his old drive in it and see if he wants any of his data saved. They also make cable kits if you just want to do this once then format or reuse the drive. New mb all went to Sata drives there no IDE connection on newer mb.
a b G Storage
June 11, 2013 9:05:38 AM

BTW watching a hard drive spin after dissecting it with screwdrivers is fun.

A hard drive's heads don't touch the plates, but are so close that they'll smear a fingerprint left on the plate.