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Windows 7: How to perform a proper CLEAN ALL...

26 Oct 2013   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
How to perform a proper CLEAN ALL...


1. Place the HDD in a tub of hydrochloric acid

2. If CLEAN ALL is proceeding properly, black froth and gas should emit from the tub:

3. After several hours, your HDD will be cleaned:

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26 Oct 2013   #2


As a comparable noob I got worried about a HDD I had after reading about index.dat files. A person I knew had used my computer a couple of times and ..... well, was arrested for sexual offenses. I freaked out worrying about if he had done anything/left anything on my machine. I bought a disk wipe program,used it then took my HDD to the machine shop where I was working and spot welded it in numerous places then smashed it in a brake machine and put the pieces that were left through a steel straightener machine. THEN took the slaggy pieces and threw them into the Ohio River from the second street bridge.

This looks much easier.........
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27 Oct 2013   #3
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I would have just booted to safe mode with command prompt and typed


then enter

then typed

del index.dat/s

then enter

But your method works too

A Guy
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27 Oct 2013   #4


Said I was a noob.... But that led to my first disk change and first reinstall! Also to my first robbery by a computer repair place. Got the drive in , got Windows reinstalled ............ sorta. Took it to the repair place, paid $248.00 for what I soon afterward found out to be installing 2 drivers that I already had on the machine! $248.00 for 4 mouse clicks!!! That's when I decided to find out something about these things and the rest is history..
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27 Oct 2013   #5

Win7 Ultimate X64

So after you have cleaned it where do you plug it back in, i dont see any connectors ??????
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27 Oct 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

I cleaned too thoroughly.........
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27 Oct 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
So after you have cleaned it where do you plug it back in, i dont see any connectors ??????
After that process the drive is now Wifi.
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27 Oct 2013   #8

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86

A hammer and a little effort works as well for old/bust HDDs
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27 Oct 2013   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Like a scene out of Breaking's Reading Bad !
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27 Oct 2013   #10

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

I think you missed a spot.....

You know you're going to have to update your system specs now, don't you?

Which drive was it?
Hard Drives
1*OCZ Vertex
2 60GB SSD;
2*Samsung F3 SpinPoint 1TB in RAID0;
3*Samsung F1 SpinPoint 1TB in RAID5;
1*Western Digital 500GB External USB 3.0
1*Seagate 500GB External USB 2.0
and why does your HDD list go 1,2,2,3,1,1
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