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Old 5th May 2008   #1
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how wipe clean old 98 before donating?


I've got an old 98 laptop I want to give away. What's the easiest way to wipe my sensitive data off the HD?

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Suggest you download Eraser and create a nuke disk - from the FAQ's ....
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How do I Erase my entire hard drive(s) on my PC?
Eraser uses the 'Darik's Boot and Nuke' disk option to erase all your hard drives.
To use this option:
1. Place a floppy (or CD) in your a: drive.
2. Click on the Start button and then choose Programs->Eraser->Create Boot Nuke Disk.
3. Ensure 'Writing on Floppy' is ticked. Tick 'Formatting' if your floppy needs to be formatted.
4. Click OK. Result: Your Boot Nuke Disk has now been created.
5. Boot up your PC with the floppy still remaining in your a: drive.
Remember: If you wish to erase the Hard Disk of another PC, then bring this Floppy to the PC, insert it into the a: drive and Boot it up.
Also, if you need to if you need to boot from CD (because you don't have a floppy drive) then you will have to set your PC to boot from CD within the BIOS of the PC.

Result: All drives will now be erased (including the Operating System)IMPORTANT: USE WITH EXTREME CAUTION
For a summary:
'Darik's Boot and Nuke' ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.'
If you want to leave the OS just erase your sensitive data using at least a 3x/7x overwrite (DoD E/DoD)

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Great, thanks a lot Pete.

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Reformat the drive


it all depends on how sensitive your data is
most people just reformat
use a windows 98 bootable floppy or cd ( you may have to change boot order in the bios to have it boot first off that device and not the hard drive c)
at the command prompt type c: format
ignore the warnings if you want to format the drive
you can also fdisk the drive
at the command prompt type fdisk
choose 3 to see the partitions ( if there is more than 1)
Then delete the partitions starting with the newest one first
Its usually just the single c partition in 99 % of cases
If you need a windows 98 boot disk

http://bootdisk.com/


If you want to 100 % sure you can use a utility to wipe out the hard drive by writing ones and zeros overwriting it
It takes a fair amount of time
If you know the brand of hard drive - say a seagate or maxtor or western digital they have software tools online that do it quickly
if not here is a free third party
it takes some time
In most cases people just reformat the hard drive only

http://killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

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visionof,

Thanks for the addition methods. I'll try the FDisk first and see how it goes.

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