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08-03-2009 01:01 AM
Hi all, does anybody know if HP has buried on the site some software for erasing - complete - of a HDD before I dispose of the computer. It is a corporate amchine and I want to make double sure that all the data is removed, i.e. a complete disc scrub after which I will reinstall the OS.
08-05-2009 04:46 PM - edited 08-05-2009 04:59 PM
What type of PC is it? Model? OS? Is it a commercial machine, or is it a consumer machine that was used for commercial purposes?
Are you actually disposing of the machine, or are you reselling / donating it?
If you're actually disposing of it, a very strong magnet rubbed against the HDD will destroy it (and the data) but, I believe, render it useless afterwards.
A quick Google showed me here: http://www.whitecanyon.com/wipedrive-erase-hard-dr
HP Home & Home Office sells:
So far as simply wiping the drive (which again, is still possible to get data back from, however unlikely and expensive):
Looks like you will need a boot disk of some sort.
Some of the HP recovery disks, at least consumer, have a function that allow you to wipe the hard drive before running a recovery, but it requires the recovery disk. I believe you press CTRL+Backspace at a certain point while it's booting...either on the main screen for the recovery disk or as it's loading up. Hard to say without knowing more about your system.
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08-06-2009 10:48 PM
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