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    NarutoLGM is offline Senior Member Regular
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    Default How do you clear a hard-drive?

    i have a 120 gig WD HDDdd. And i tried reformating my computer, but i did it wrong and all my free space has been taken up, and i also tried defraging but it still took up free space, so know i have like 6 gigs left. does anyone know how to clear a hard-drive?

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    Default Re: How do you clear a hard-drive?

    A format has done things just fine for me.. make sure you have told the software the correct drive to format and you clicked yes to erasing the drive a defrag won't help you out in finding free space as all it does it move all your unused space to the end of the drive.


    If you're really insistant on wiping out the drive do a low level format and then redo all the partitions on the harddrive.

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    If you want to format it, go to WD's website and look for tools they offer to do this, I have a WD HDD myself, and when I first set up the HDD (as a second slave) I used their program to do it...

    If you want to clean up your drive, there is nothing much you can do except, delete stuff you don't want, burn stuff to CD/DVD, or you can use Windows clean up tools to uninstall programs you don't use...

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    i would do a low level format too...


    but here is another question, as i don't want to create another thread, and it is somewhat related to this one

    so : question : how to clear a HDD quickly ?? (you see, it couldn't be more related ^^")

    my theory : if we put a magnet strong enough beside the HDD, it should mess the dispositions of the bits, and thus render all the data unreadable/cleared.... no ?
    with this method, even with the best tools to retrieve data, it should still be unreadable ?? (i think yes, but i need backing )

    thanks in advance

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    A low level format would work (definatly!) but you could also just as well use standard fdisk.exe to delete all partitions, then create one primary and format that. That will whipe the whole HD.

    If you don't think your good enough for either of these operations, then bite the bullet and go buy Partition Magic (Norton Partition Magic now). It has an easy to use graphical interface, is very reliable for Windows partitions (Linux, not so much), and can boot off the CD so you don't have to install it in Windows. I think it should run about $60 US, but its worth every penny in my opinion.

    @Shautieh: Thermite works better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volvogga
    @Shautieh: Thermite works better.
    what's that ?? ^^

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermite << oxydize aliminium ?
    how can it help ?? i don't want to kill my hdd, just to clear his data

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    Quote Originally Posted by shautieh
    Quote Originally Posted by Volvogga
    @Shautieh: Thermite works better.
    what's that ?? ^^

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermite << oxydize aliminium ?
    how can it help ?? i don't want to kill my hdd, just to clear his data
    well.. a magnet isn't the fastest way to clear data

    simply put, you run the magnet over the drive then you basically have to do a low level format to restablish the sectors and tracks.. may as well just do a low level format..

    the fastest way to format a drive is format drive: /q

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    i really dont have time to search for it on the WD website. can someone please find me the link i would really appreciate it. please and thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by NarutoLGM
    i really dont have time to search for it on the WD website. can someone please find me the link i would really appreciate it. please and thank you
    oh come on.. its not that hard to find.. i was hoping my initial opinion of you (just because of your nick) wasn't true.. but its begining to look like its correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellcreator
    Quote Originally Posted by NarutoLGM
    i really dont have time to search for it on the WD website. can someone please find me the link i would really appreciate it. please and thank you
    oh come on.. its not that hard to find.. i was hoping my initial opinion of you (just because of your nick) wasn't true.. but its begining to look like its correct
    i cant find it, i look on the WD website and couldnt find it. the software to clear the HDD.

 

 
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