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Cleaning Hard Drives

Hi. I have a HPE-380t desktop with Windows 7 Home Premium and 2 500 gb hard drives and am going to do a factory reinstall with my recovery disks. Should I use a hard drive cleaner or eraser prior to the re install and if so, which cleaner is a good one to purchase? Thank you in advance. Bruce

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Hi,

 

As you are doing a factory reinstall, the initial step of this will format the hard drive on which it is being installed.  This effectively wipes all data from the drive.  Once your OS is installed you can format your other hard drive using Disk Management.

 

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Hi,

 

As you are doing a factory reinstall, the initial step of this will format the hard drive on which it is being installed.  This effectively wipes all data from the drive.  Once your OS is installed you can format your other hard drive using Disk Management.

 

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DP-K

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Hi. Thanks David for saving me a few bucks. I thought that reformatting wouldn't wipe the hard drives completely clean. I appreciate it. Bruce

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You're welcome.

 

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daivd,

 

 I dont have the restore disk. and i want to get rid of all my personal information off of the hard drive so i can sell it. how can i do this?

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cmalverson,

Please start a new post. When you do, post the make and model of the computer. It will then be easier to answer your question, and allow this post to end.

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