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Windows 7: locate hard-drive in tower?

30 May 2010   #1
genxie

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 
locate hard-drive in tower?

can anyone tell me where to physically locate and pull out the hard-drive or memory CPU from a tower computer or at least what it looks like? I want to find the unit that has all the memory of my past or deleted work so that I can just keep that part and recycle the rest of the computer...

also the same for a dell inspiron laptop...thanks in advance.


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30 May 2010   #2
theog

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30 May 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello genxie.



If you're looking for a way to "remove" data from a hard disk drive (HDD) then have a look at the tutorial at the link below, it doesn't actually "remove" the data it writes zeroes to the entire HDD so that the data is virtually un-recoverable.


Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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31 May 2010   #4
genxie

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 

the info i was needing was the actual physical location as the computer crashed and I had no way of writing anything to anything...just to take it out. but thank you anyway because its worth a look for future reference.
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31 May 2010   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by genxie View Post
can anyone tell me where to physically locate and pull out the hard-drive or memory CPU from a tower computer or at least what it looks like? I want to find the unit that has all the memory of my past or deleted work so that I can just keep that part and recycle the rest of the computer...

also the same for a dell inspiron laptop...thanks in advance.
For both computers, go to the manufacturer's website for info on that particular computer.


Qujicker and easier is to ask a friend who knows what to look for and who has worked on computers. They are all similar and all different.
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31 May 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

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31 May 2010   #7
genxie

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 

so the memory is what I want? thats where the old deleted work is someone could dredge up? the hard-drive doesnt contain any past work/data?
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31 May 2010   #8
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

The hard drive is what you want. That is what all the data is written to.
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31 May 2010   #9
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Take a look at gregrocker's picture of a hard drive. Look inside your computer and then remove the drive from the broken computer. You can then take a large hammer and smash the drive. Hit it many times and the data will be unrecoverable. Now you can donate the computer to anyone you wish without worry your data will get into the wrong hands. Just toss the old hard drive into the recycling bin.
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31 May 2010   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by genxie View Post
so the memory is what I want? thats where the old deleted work is someone could dredge up? the hard-drive doesnt contain any past work/data?
This is simply a very honest answer to you:
With your present knowledge level, please, please get someone in your circle of friends to remove the hard drive.
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