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Thread: Erase hard drive




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    I need to send my hard drive back to the company for replacement. It has XP Pro installed on it. Other than just formatting the HDD, can someone recommend an easy free utility
    to erase the HDD ? Thanks !!

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    The best and easiest tool to do exactly what you want, and plenty more, goes by the name of Partition Magic 8.0. It is an excellent tool, and definetly worth your purchase :lips: . On top of that it is EXTREMELY easy to use. You can always go w/ the traditional Win98 bootdisk, or just use your XP cd rom. Partition Magic 8.0 is generally for people who format often, and dual-boot Windows and an alternative OS, such as linux, a *BSD, etc.

    EDIT: I think what you are trying to say though is that you have been a naughty person, and looked up animal-pr0n, and you don't want the company to see what your sorry-arse has seen :laugh: . Even if you format numerous times, there is a chance those mongrils can still see that horse action DivX collection you have... I recommend a tool like Data Scrubber to ensure that they don't grab some of those XXL horse action vid's ;) . But if you don't want to pay like $2000 bucks just grab a tool like Kill Disk Good luck!

    BTW: Both conform to the US DoD 5220.22-M security standard. Which means they work pretty good :thumb:
    Box:
    [Mobo] Asus A7N8X w/ Modified 1003 Uber BIOS w/ Custom Boot logo
    [CPU] Athlon XP 2200+ Thoroughbred
    [Memory] 512 Samsung PC3200 DDR400 w/ Copper Heatsink(s)
    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

    Cooling
    [Case] All aluminum Skyhawk case w/ custom cut blowhole
    [HSF] Volcano 11 Xaser Edition
    [Northbridge] ThermalTake Crystal Orb
    [Southbridge] Aluminum Northbridge heatsink attatched

    Operating System:
    [OS] Windows XP Pro w/ SP1

    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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    XBoy, I just wanted to be sure that my personal info. like credit card numbers were not retrivable. Did your guilty conscience add the EDIT part ?? I will look into that Kill Disk as you mentioned, thanks !

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    also worth a peek

    Evidence Eliminator
    :cheers:
    STRANGERS STOP AND CAST AN EYE, AS YOU ARE NOW SO ONCE WAS I, AS I AM NOW SO YOU WILL BE. PREPARE FOR DEATH AND FOLLOW ME

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    http://download.com.com/3000-2092-10188745.html

    give this^ a try, it's free so that's a plus

    PartionMagic does have a secure-erase option, but that costs $$
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    theres always the real cheap option of taking a nice big magnet and waving it over the drive a few times :flames: :rofl: :laugh:

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    Creditcard #'s... Horse pr0n... lol same thing these days...

    Lol jk. I was just playin with ya before man :thumb:
    Box:
    [Mobo] Asus A7N8X w/ Modified 1003 Uber BIOS w/ Custom Boot logo
    [CPU] Athlon XP 2200+ Thoroughbred
    [Memory] 512 Samsung PC3200 DDR400 w/ Copper Heatsink(s)
    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

    Cooling
    [Case] All aluminum Skyhawk case w/ custom cut blowhole
    [HSF] Volcano 11 Xaser Edition
    [Northbridge] ThermalTake Crystal Orb
    [Southbridge] Aluminum Northbridge heatsink attatched

    Operating System:
    [OS] Windows XP Pro w/ SP1

    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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    I was just dling the animal porn, because my girl told me that im hung like a horse, so i wanted to see if she was just being nice or being truthfull. Thats my story and Im sticking to it! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    EDIT
    I use DriveWipe myself.

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    another free option I stubbled across tonight: http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser/

    but I still think active@killdisk is your best option =)
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions !!!
    XBoy- I knew you were just "horsing around"
    theyneverknew- would that magnet really work ? Seems too easy to me.

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