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Windows 7: Completely removing EVERYTHING from an old Hard Drive?

19 Jul 2010   #11

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

I actually just went thru this a few minutes ago. My son gave me a 500G drive he didn't need anymore so I put it in an external enclosure, plugged it in to my computer and did a quick format. The drive showed as 160G. WTH? Went into Disk Management where I could see there were some non-windows partitions. I deleted those then extended the NTFS partition. Now I have the whole 500G. If I was really determined and my son's data had some value I might be able to recover that data but for my purposes, the drive is as clean as I need it to be.
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19 Jul 2010   #12

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Instead of a sledge hammer for old drives, there are some more creative uses for them:

Repair4HardDisk: How to Clean, Upgrade, Repair, Mod, Disassemble a Hard Disk Drive
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