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Best way to wipe Hard Drive?

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August 1, 2011 8:17:07 PM

So I have an old hard drive with windows xp and personal files on it. I want to wipe it clean and put windows 7 on it and us it as a secondary computer. What is the best way of doing this? Also I was told once something is put on a hard drive it can never be erased, is that true? If it is what would you suggest for just removing the data and restoring windows so i can have it run clean and fast as possible.

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August 1, 2011 8:52:44 PM

depending on the make and model you may be able to get a low level format for it. this will return the drive to a completely raw state. if not then use somthing ccleaner that will enable you to wipe the drive multiple times... or look here http://www.dban.org/
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August 1, 2011 9:39:13 PM

if you are keeping possession of the drive just format it during the windows 7 set up--much quicker--securely deleting it takes a long time if you do it to above dod standard--if you ever give it away or ebay it etc use the program hexit said and do 7-10 overwrites--can take all night long depending how big the drive is
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August 1, 2011 9:40:15 PM

my hardrive came stock with my hp a1640n it is 250 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
7200 rpm
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August 2, 2011 1:21:59 AM

since you are reusing for yourself, just format the drive during windows 7 installation as already suggested. The install will detect all the drives and partitions available so select this drive and click the "Format" button.

If you have more than 1 partition on the drive I suggest deleting them until you just have 1 large "unallocated" space and then create a new partition followed by a format, do a full format instead of a quick when prompted to select one.
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August 2, 2011 11:53:11 AM

Easiest way is to just use the win7 installer to handle it. Good enough if you plan to re-use it in another PC.
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August 2, 2011 3:54:01 PM

Best answer selected by Alltheicons.
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August 2, 2011 7:34:32 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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