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how do i delete ALL data on my hard drive?

how do i delete all data (OS and everything else) on my old computers hard drive so i can use it in my new computer as a secondary hard drive?
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  1. Format it.
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    To elaborate on Sakkura's solution, the easiest way is to first plug it into the computer that will use it as a secondary drive. Once inside the OS on that computer, simply right click on the drive in My Computer, select "Format," ensure that the partition type is "NTFS," and check "Quick Format."
    Good luck.
  3. Simply formatting it will not fully erase all the data. It will still be recoverable. If you want it completely wiped, operating system and all, use WipeDrive. http://www.whitecanyon.com/ConsumerWipeDrive It will clear everything out and you'll be able to use it as a secondary drive.
  4. Simon Shepherd said:
    Simply formatting it will not fully erase all the data. It will still be recoverable. If you want it completely wiped, operating system and all, use WipeDrive. http://www.whitecanyon.com/ConsumerWipeDrive It will clear everything out and you'll be able to use it as a secondary drive.

    You don't need that to use it as a secondary drive. You would need it if you had sensitive information on the hard drive and you were going to throw it out or sell it.
  5. Sakkura said:
    Simon Shepherd said:
    Simply formatting it will not fully erase all the data. It will still be recoverable. If you want it completely wiped, operating system and all, use WipeDrive. http://www.whitecanyon.com/ConsumerWipeDrive It will clear everything out and you'll be able to use it as a secondary drive.

    You don't need that to use it as a secondary drive. You would need it if you had sensitive information on the hard drive and you were going to throw it out or sell it.

    well i just want every last GB on it, also when it comes to me throwing it out i read burning is the best way is to permanently delete personal data
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