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

15 Jul 2010   #1
AssaultRifle

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Completely removing EVERYTHING from an old Hard Drive?

So my uncle let me take apart his really old desktop, and I removed his 2.5" 160GB Hard Drive. I'm going to buy an enclosure for it soon. However, it still has Windows XP installed on it, as well as loads of other things I really don't want on my computer.

How can I completely remove everything from the hard drive so I can use it as an external storage? Should I just drag and drop everything to the recycle bin?
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15 Jul 2010   #2
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Format the disk
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15 Jul 2010   #3
AssaultRifle

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Format the disk
Could you please explain how to do that?
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15 Jul 2010   #4
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

This site has a very good tutorial
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15 Jul 2010   #5
smarteyeball

 
 

If you really want to Completely remove EVERYTHING from an old Hard Drive, use DBAN.
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15 Jul 2010   #6
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
If you really want to Completely remove EVERYTHING from an old Hard Drive, use DBAN.
Based on his post, he wont need to use DBAN. He just wants to use it as external storage, a quick format would suffice.

Unless his uncle was an FBI agent and he plans on throwing it away, DBAN is a little overkill
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19 Jul 2010   #7
StoneHeart

Micosoft Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 

How is DBAN overkill, me use it all the time (sometimes I format peoples unused HDD's as a prank HA). Anyway there are quiet a few tools on something called Hirencd, otherwise buy the enclosure, connect it to computer and format from there.
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19 Jul 2010   #8
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
If you really want to Completely remove EVERYTHING from an old Hard Drive, use DBAN.
Based on his post, he wont need to use DBAN. He just wants to use it as external storage, a quick format would suffice.

Unless his uncle was an FBI agent and he plans on throwing it away, DBAN is a little overkill
I agree. And if he's going to throw it away the best method is Mr Sledgehammer.


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19 Jul 2010   #9
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

HCl would be a good solution to getting rid of a HD...
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19 Jul 2010   #10
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Open Computer from the start menu and identify your hard drive(s). If you just have one it'll most likely be C;
Connect the new drive (in it's enclosure) and it'll appear as a drive shortly, maybe D;
Right click on it and go to format. Format in NTFS,
This will wipe out the old install and files and you will be able to just use it as a second drive.
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