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Windows 7: Wiping Old Pata Drives before Disposal ?


14 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Wiping Old Pata Drives before Disposal ?

I have the ASUS m/b listed here with which I run SATA Drives . However I have some old PATA drives which I want to wipe before disposal .
Can these be run on a modern m/b ?



My m/b is an :-

ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Rev X.0x
Serial Number: MT700A030501020

I have posted this query to the ASUS site but , so far , have received no reply .
I post it here as a general query on running PATA drives on modern or reasonably modern M/B's hoping for some help.

regards.

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14 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

To answer your question; Yes. All you would need is a(n) adapter. See link.
SATA Hard Drive to IDE (PATA) Adapter
There are a few kinds of adapters for most connection types, the link just shows one type.
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14 Jul 2012   #3

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

You can use DISKPART to clean the drive. Use the Clean All command. This will write zeros across the entire drive.
Just be careful using Diskpart - be sure you are cleaning the correct drive.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
(Although I am partial to using a hammer to destroy old drives).

Your motherboard has an IDE controller. So yes, you can use your old drives on your new board.


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14 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Best thing, if you are disposing of them, is to use the "bigger hammer" approach. Although there are programs that will "wipe" drives, there are also programs that will still read the data from "wiped" drives.

Destroying the drive and the platter(s) is the only sure way.
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14 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Best thing, if you are disposing of them, is to use the "bigger hammer" approach. Although there are programs that will "wipe" drives, there are also programs that will still read the data from "wiped" drives.

Destroying the drive and the platter(s) is the only sure way.
Listen to this man.

The nuclear option is the only option if you're disposing of those drives and never reusing them again.
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14 Jul 2012   #6

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

I agree with TVeblen...DISKPART CLEANALL, is completely adequate:
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

If you are ultra-paranoid, use this:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ard-drive.html

Regards,
Golden
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14 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks to all repliers. I have decided to use the "big hammer" advice ! Always wanted to do this and . surprisingly found it tougher than I expected - even using a "lump hammer" and cold chisel ! However I enjoyed it - payback for all the computer frustrations these items have given me over the years !
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14 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thenoo View Post
Thanks to all repliers. I have decided to use the "big hammer" advice ! Always wanted to do this and . surprisingly found it tougher than I expected - even using a "lump hammer" and cold chisel ! However I enjoyed it - payback for all the computer frustrations these items have given me over the years !
Would have loved to see a video of this "activity" in action!

Thanks for reporting back.
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14 Jul 2012   #9

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Guy needed to use a 22oz framing hammer instead of that little finish hammer!
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14 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like and use the hammer method. CAUTION. Use eye and crotch protection. Sometime things do fly here and there.
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