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    Default How do I "clean" a hard drive?

    I would like to donate my old computer (Windows 95) to a non-profit organization, however, am concerned about credit card, banking, etc. data on the hard drive. How can I "clean" the hard drive before donatation?

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    If you want to REALLY clean it then find out the drive manufacturer and then go to their website for disk utilities. Mose hdd manufacturers offer formatting utilities that will TOTALLY wipe a drive. A normal windows format is recoverable (with of course the right tools).

    Otherwise just use a windows 98 boot disk ( get one here http://www.bootdisk.com ) boot with it, at the menu hit shift+f5 for a prompt and at the prompt type: fdisk

    Then delete all partitions
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    The only way, that I have read, is to destroy the data within the drive itself is to destroy the internal disks. This was done by opening drive removing the disk and burning them, then cutting them up,etc.

    They claim that even a hard drive that was burned in a fire the info can be recovered given enough time/money.

    I you decide to leave the HD in it be be sure to change all log in and passwords to all you accounts.

    Just my opinion only.

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    When files are deleted they remain on the hard drive but are renamed so the OS no longer recognizes the files. These files are marked in such a way as to allow new files to overwrite them and use that particular part of the hard drive.
    There are tools that write over the entire disk so even after a format all that could be recovered is garbage.
    A free version of KillDisk is available from http://www.killdisk.com/features.htm
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