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Windows 7: How do i format my pc a 100% without leaving any trace behind??

20 Aug 2014   #21
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

With all due respect, I strongly advise against following the advice of the two posts directly preceding me.

Trustworthy software-based solutions documented and recommended by trustworthy authors have been posted already in the first two posts. Beyond that, I have already mentioned that physical destruction of the HDD is the only proper answer remaining if a software-based solution is not satisfactory.


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20 Aug 2014   #22
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Just sell it without the hard drive, problem solved

I mean, if you are truly worried about it.
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20 Aug 2014   #23
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
I have already mentioned that physical destruction of the HDD is the only proper answer remaining if a software-based solution is not satisfactory.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Just sell it without the hard drive, problem solved

I mean, if you are truly worried about it.
I agree with these, if you are that concerned over data on a storage device being recovered and don't feel software will provide you with enough trust then don't sell it etc and just destroy the drive.

Regards,
Jamie
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20 Aug 2014   #24
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Have we lost realmadrid25?

I would like to know the final decision on what method is used.
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20 Aug 2014   #25
gregrocker

 

What are we talking about here? Why would you need to destroy all traces of data to where only sophisticated police forensics could retrieve it? If you have only the normal worries about bank and other personal data, then there is no reason you can't run Factory Recovery to hand the new owner the PC as it came from factory, or format to do a Clean Reinstall, adding at most Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command.

There is almost zero chance data could be recovered from either of those options. I've never been able to retrieve any readable data from a formatted HD. So everything else is tin-foil hat overkill, unless you really have something criminal to hide.
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20 Aug 2014   #26
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Looks like the OP has disappeared. Too bad as this is (was) an interesting topic.
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20 Aug 2014   #27
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Here is a tutorial by Bare Foot Kid that should be helpful.

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Here is another tutorial by Kari.

Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold

Greg that is why I posted this. It should take care of 99.9% of anybodies needs.
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22 Aug 2014   #28
spencer1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Looks like the OP has disappeared. Too bad as this is (was) an interesting topic.
Guess he was a hit & run.
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