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Windows 7: free hard drive eraser/wipe tools

02 Feb 2016   #1
bluesfloyd

32 bits window7
 
 
free hard drive eraser/wipe tools

hi guys,
if i was looking to use a free hard drive eraser/wipe tool, what do you guys use/recommend,

thanks for your time, bluesfloyd,


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02 Feb 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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03 Feb 2016   #3
ron7000

Windows 7 x64, ultimate/pro/home, SLES x86 & ia64
 
 

depends on a single pass of zeroes is good enough, or if you want something more elaborate.
diskwipe.org is not bad.
CCleaner from piriform.com can also accomplish a disk wipe and wipe free space,
both of those need windows 7 already running to run their program.

hard to beat dban.org. it can do a quick wipe or an elaborate time consuming one, does not need a computer with a running operating system other than to make the bootable cd.
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03 Feb 2016   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It depends upon what you want to do.

Erase entire HD - Personally I use Dban

Wipe free space and MFT Free Space - I Sdelete (SysInternals)

Wipe folders or files - I use Blank and Secure
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04 Feb 2016   #5
bluesfloyd

32 bits window7
 
 

hi,
if i had a old laptop running slow, and wish to reinstall windows 7 to it, would you wipe the drive first and then reinstall win7 for best results???? or only reinstall win7 to the old laptop,

thanks for your time, bluesfloyd
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04 Feb 2016   #6
ron7000

Windows 7 x64, ultimate/pro/home, SLES x86 & ia64
 
 

wiping the drive would not give better results.
I would boot on your win7 reinstall dvd, choose customize and delete all the partitions on the hard drive before starting the actual install. This will result in a clean install of win7 onto the drive; win7 will not know any better what has been done to the drive prior to doing this.
Also, remove all other hard drives from your system to be safe so you don't accidentally choose the wrong drive to unpartition.
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04 Feb 2016   #7
EmmaRoyd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

its active killdisk for me
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04 Feb 2016   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bluesfloyd View Post
hi,
if i had a old laptop running slow, and wish to reinstall windows 7 to it, would you wipe the drive first and then reinstall win7 for best results???? or only reinstall win7 to the old laptop,

thanks for your time, bluesfloyd
So was there any viruses or malware/ rootkits involved with the bad performance ?

Laptops do not improve with age
It might be time to step up to installing a ssd it is the single best performance gain on any machine but especially an older laptop.
Samsung/ Crucial are just my 2 favorite brands of ssd's and best of all they are getting a lot more affordable.
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