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Windows 7: Hard drive partition questions

29 Jan 2016   #11
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
I guess my answers didn't help.

Why would you say such a thing???

Gfr92y



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29 Jan 2016   #12
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 



Perhaps instead of sarcasm, you tried a little empathy...

No, the accident was not bad at all.

Thanks for asking!

Gfr92y
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29 Jan 2016   #13
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gfr92y View Post
(This was a company laptop that was sold or given to a family member who used it for a while before selling it to me.)
I would not use/trust a used PC install, no telling what is on it, I would nuke and clean install.

No matter how well you know and trust those folks, they may have let others use the PC and did "who knows what", without the owner understanding the risk.

DavedE,

Your advice is spot on!

Leading up to the sale of the laptop to me and during the sale, local fireman who was selling me the laptop was absolutely delightful. After the sale, he certainly was not the same person he was before.

When he was nice as pie, I would have discounted your warning, but having seen how he changed, not listening to you could have been a problem.

Thanks, again.

Gfr92y
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29 Jan 2016   #14
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It was not sarcasm. Just a honest response for no acknowledgement, good or bad, to a volunteer effort to answer your questions and a long day.

EDIT: I apologize, for whatever reason, I did not see your response. As I said, it has been a long day.
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29 Jan 2016   #15
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
"I have a need to wiping of my hard drive with data destruction similar to that of Acronis DiskCleanser or DBAN. That is, of course, until someone more knowledgeable than me explains why I should do something different." Acronis DiskCleanser is not free, it's a 15-day-trial version. I downloaded it, maybe can test before time's up.

RolandJS,

That was very thoughtful of you.

My real concern is my desktop with a client's data that really needs to be erased.

Regarding the laptop, I do not think any nefarious action took place, but poor "hygiene" while owning the laptop and not properly preparing the laptop are certainly two concerns. This is also compounded by my suspicion that their may be a problem with the product key.

Now, with all of that on the table, is doing a clean install on the laptop sufficient or should I wipe the drive before installing the software.

Gfr92y

PS... If I am beginning to make spelling or grammatical errors, I am sure it has something to do with working since about 2 a.m. on this and two other thread (related to other issues on other computers).
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29 Jan 2016   #16
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
It was not sarcasm. Just a honest response for no acknowledgement, good or bad, to a volunteer effort to answer your questions and a long day.

EDIT: I apologize, for whatever reason, I did not see your response. As I said, it has been a long day.

Thanks, but we got this from here.
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29 Jan 2016   #17
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gfr92y View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gfr92y View Post
(This was a company laptop that was sold or given to a family member who used it for a while before selling it to me.)
I would not use/trust a used PC install, no telling what is on it, I would nuke and clean install.

No matter how well you know and trust those folks, they may have let others use the PC and did "who knows what", without the owner understanding the risk.

DavedE,

Your advice is spot on!

Leading up to the sale of the laptop to me and during the sale, local fireman who was selling me the laptop was absolutely delightful. After the sale, he certainly was not the same person he was before.

When he was nice as pie, I would have discounted your warning, but having seen how he changed, not listening to you could have been a problem.

Thanks, again.

Gfr92y


DavidE,

Please see my last post to Roland... I think I responded to him regarding an issue you raised.

Gfr92y

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29 Jan 2016   #18
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

OK!

(1) You guys and gals have got me up to speed on hard drives.

(2) I think the only question regarding the laptop that I bought from a fireman is (a) am I sufficiently protected by a clean install of the OS or (b) should I wipe the hard drive before doing the clean install.

(3) Regarding the desktop computer with too much of my client's personal and financial data, I what to think this through after a couple hours of sleep.

Thanks, again, everyone.

Gfr92y

Roland, I have not forgot about the ticking clock!
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29 Jan 2016   #19
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gfr92y View Post
This is also compounded by my suspicion that their may be a problem with the product key.

Now, with all of that on the table, is doing a clean install on the laptop sufficient or should I wipe the drive before installing the software.
Do you have a Win 7 COA sticker with a readable license key on the laptop?
It might be in the battery compartment.
You will need that for a clean install, or have to purchase a new license.



Don't wipe or re-install Windows before knowing if you have a COA sticker/license key.

You can use a tool that Wipes the Hard Drive, and then do a clean install of Windows.
Minitool Partition Wizard has this tool/option.
I use Partition Wizard for Disk Management, but i never used the "Wipe Disk" option.
I don't know if it's the best tool.

Here's a link to the free bootable CD download:
Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

Here is screen print snip from the PW Help
Hard drive partition questions-pw_wipe_01.png


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