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Old 02-03-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Danbury, CT
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I plan on using my old hard drive in my new computer with an enclosure. How do you remove everything there is from the old hard drive. I am fine downloading software, but I want to be able to run it from the computer, not put it on a CD. I tried using DBAN, but my CDs didnt have enough room. Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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reformat it.
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Old 02-03-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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DBAN is 14 mb, how on earth did your CD not have enough room? Overkill for what you need, though.

Plug the secondary drive in, right click and format it.

Alternatively, smash it with a hammer or other blunt object, or take it out to the range and put some rounds through it. Then buy a new one. I prefer these methods.
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:32 PM
 
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To just get rid of the info on there to use again, a regular windows format will do. Though I do like the sledgehammer of fixing +1 for stubborn cases.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Danbury, CT
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Alright, if you acually READ the thread, I am using the HDD for an external hard drive. I dont want to use DBAN, however I want everything, including the operating system removed.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:18 PM
 
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So plug it into your external enclosure, plug it into your computer, right click the drive from explorer and hit format. When you reformat it clears all data on the drive. This has already been stated in here and is the best solution for your "problem." Things like the "sledgehammer of fixing," were a joke.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:29 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Alright, if you acually READ the thread, I am using the HDD for an external hard drive. I dont want to use DBAN, however I want everything, including the operating system removed.
Did you read the three posts that said to re-format.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:52 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Reformatting is good enough

1. Reformat. Data "gone", but not to forensic experts. But, the NSA already has everything anyway.

2. Use a mil-grade erasure program. Mac OS X comes standard with one. Don't know about Windows. Data gone. Not recoverable.

3. If you only reformat, the old data will be overwritten by the new data and after some time, the old data will be gone for good.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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He's keeping the drive Dave. He hardly needs "Military encryption". Hell, for that matter he doesn't even need to format. COnnect drive to PC. Go to Computer. Click the newly added drive.
CRTL-A to select all. Delete.

Just saying.
I'd recommend formatting, too.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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Alright, if you acually READ the thread, I am using the HDD for an external hard drive. I dont want to use DBAN, however I want everything, including the operating system removed.
If you're gonna be a prick, bring it to best buy and pay someone a couple hundred to do it and leave us the hell alone

If you would actually READ my post, I said DBAN was overkill and you should just use windows to format it. It takes like 9 seconds and it's done.
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