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What will erasing my HDD do for me?

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November 24, 2010 12:19:03 AM

Wanted a reliable input on how i go about really making sure my hard drive can be erased/reformatted back to a worry-free factory-type condition where i know i have a fresh start. I am going to be upgrading XP to windows 7 soon but i also dont want any viruses in my hard drive after the install. i do sophos rootkit and Avira virus scans. and they have caught a trojan before and quarantined it. Now i'm concern there might be something hidden in my registries and want to know if i should just overwrite my hard drive with software like "Active kill disk hard drive eraser" or can reformatting/clean install to windows 7 be good enough? Thank you. I'll take all advice coming my way =)

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November 24, 2010 12:55:15 AM
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running ccleaner and using its drive wipe tool, after also doing a full erase - then doing a full format should do the trick if your super anal retentive about it,

but a simple format upon installing windows is fine for the masses...
November 24, 2010 12:57:16 AM

also acronis disk manager is a one stop for all that kinda junk - works great for that kind of stuff and more - but for the simple formatting of a hdd, you can use disk management...
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November 24, 2010 5:15:15 AM

Acronis true image, and Norton ghost are very nice backup utilities.

If you want to check for viruses/malware, run through the malware guide in my signature.
a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
November 24, 2010 4:35:03 PM

WHen you install windows it will give you an option to reformat, you can just do it there and they will be gone.
November 26, 2010 1:47:44 AM

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November 26, 2010 1:49:02 AM

Thank you for everyone's suggestions and links. I have some homework to do on which i can't wait :bounce:  (not sarcasm). First i have to get my hands on a full version of windows 7 lol.
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