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Attempts at wiping hard drive failures

Q: Attempts at wiping hard drive failures

I am currently attempting to wipe my entire hard drive for my compaq presario pc. I have Derik's boot and nuke but after a minute or so after boot up, an error would pop up stating "dban finished with non fatal errors". Clearly it had not wiped anything on the hard drive and I was stumped. I had used DBAN to wipe a Dell inspiron with no problems but it just isn't working for the compaq. I downloaded killdisk free and booted it on my computer and wiped the hard drive but I am also aware that killdisk is not as thorough as DBAN. Once it was done wiping the hard drive (which took a little under 2 hours, which seemed way too soon to be finished to me) I inserted my windows 7 disc. At first it showed the windows files are loading phrase, with the loading bar, but then a screen appears and says "windows failed to start, a recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert you windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3.Click "repair your computer"

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Info:windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

if i choose to continue, a screen will appear with the windows symbol and states "starting windows". Then it takes me back to the "windows failed to start" screen.

If you have any advice, info, or suggestions it would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Thank you for your time.

Preferred Solution: Attempts at wiping hard drive failures

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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We have had a large number of Toshiba hard drive failures with-in the last three months. Anyone have any knowledge of the issue?
1. General instability (windows freezing, system unresponsiveness, application crashes)
2. Extremely slow response
Running the built-in BIOS diagnostic turns up one of the following error codes on the hard drive component:

Some specifics on our environment:
Windows 7 64-bit (standard image)
2.5" hard drive

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Hi all,
I've been struggling with this issue for quite a while now (over a week).  I need tech help as I am now totally in the dark about HDD & SSD partitioning/prep for dual boot.
Part of my confusion stems largely in part by conflicting and confusing info I've read on the web...
for instance: the type of HDD I have to the type of BIOS I have, etc...  I've read so much that I can't even remember all that I've read.  Of course, it doesn't help that my network is comprised of 5 PCs either!  Fortunately, I'm only dealing with one of them right now...    
This PC's name is SEMPRON28 (its name was derived from its CPU type & speed which is an AMD Sempron 2.8 Ghz)
SEMPRON28 started life as a "budget build" running Win7 (64/Pro). It was later upgraded with additional RAM (from 4 to 8 GB), the addition of an SSD boot drive (from a much slower internal traditional mechanical HDD), and the addition of a faster Nvidea video card (from a much slower built-in on the MoBo video).  It's wired to my LAN.  It has successfully joined the Homegroup.  I can provide more info if you need it, just ask.
My goal is to set this PC up as a Dual boot of W7 &  Linux Mint 17.2.  I want to have LM on one of my ext. USB 2.0 HDDs so that I can plug it into any of my networked PCs & boot LM (all my other PCs are W7).
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Okay, I am slightly confused as to what you did exactly.. and how many drives, etc etc. Do you have two separate drives, one has Windows 7 the other you partitioned with Gparted and now it won't show up? Or you have one drive you split it into two separate partitions and installed W7 on the one, and now you can't see the other in Windows?
Also, if you can, load up a Live Linux CD and run Gparted again, take a screen shot of what comes up. Will also help the process out so we can see what you see.
Hopefully an Admin will come along and move this to the Linux forum as well. You will get loads of support for this there.

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My newly built pc has been having many issues and I was thinking about reinstalling windows and wiping the hard drive.

However, I might have some sort of virus or a nasty program that might survive the formatting and clearing of the hard drive.

My questions are:

1. Is there a way I can run some scans to find out how much time I need to spend on wiping the hard drive?

2. How would I completely wipe the hard drive so that I am not taking any risks of any harmful programs staying on the hard drive?

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You might state which security you had installed,
Also what issues were occurring ?
Newly built could be hardware related ?
See the link above my signature to fill in your system spec's page if you haven't I forgot to check

As far as free scanners go these are about the best I recommend,
Review Jacee?s instructions to run Adwcleaner here post #7,
Ignore the title of the thread,
Instant Savings App
Screen shot of the download button to use for Adwcleaner
You can use these free tools to see if they find anything,
Manually Update them before running full scans,
Try not to use your computer while the scans are running, (one at a time of course).
Uncheck the box to Activate the Free trial from the final install options,
This one is the longest up to 4 hours, the others are only about 45 minutes,

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I'll cut to the chase,I accidentally downloaded a really nasty virus,it first came up with a message box saying get off my computer then the computer automatically turned itself off then when i rebooted,it wont let me open any program,go on the Internet ,run anything,or give me access to control panel( I'm accessing my work computer to ask this).it comes up with a message saying i don't have administrators access to do any of those things.I've tried running in safe mode,last known good config and still nothing,i cant get on to system restore so Ive run out of options.I think the only way round this is to wipe everything and start again.I cant get on to my computer to wipe the hard drive so i wonder if there is any other way?

thanks for your help

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Here is one wipe app.

Note you should not need to wipe the drive. Just boot with your windows install disk and do a clean install. Delete ALL partitions on the disk and create one or more. Now install.

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Ok, I have an old computer ( HP Elitebook Windows 7)and I want to wipe the hard drive so I can use it . I can' t do this because I have limited access profile and dont know the admin password to remove any files. Also it has endpoint security software. I would like to remove all this unnecessary software. Thanks for any advice in advance. Would also like to add this is my computer now.

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I want to give a computer of mine to a friend so he can use it. I need to clear away all old documents, personal information etc. before i give it away. I figured that if i wipe the hard drive completely then i could make a clean install of windows and the computer should be ready to use.

I was wondering if anyone knew of software or some kind of cd that you could boot so that i could clear the hard drive and install windows. btw its a dell 2400

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What is the best way to wipe out and reformat my hard drive? I am using XP Pro.

Thank you!

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While a normal format will get things going for you, I always for a new format recommend the Dban program HERE for best results. Be very careful you don't erase some other disk on your computer, so it might be a good idea if you have hard drives you don't want to erase, that you disconnect them.

If on the other hand, you want to do a simple (not as comprehensive) format, just put your OS disk in the CDRom, boot up and it will prompt you to format and load the OS. Don't forget to load SP2 (some OS disks have it already in there) and your chipset drivers when done along with other drivers you might need.

Post back with questions/concerns.

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I need some instruction on how to completely wipe my computer.
It runs on Microsoft windows xp Home edition Version 2002
I cannot find the OS disk or any other disks but I need to keep my OS or get another or if there is someplace i can download it for free t that woul be fine too..
I REALLY need some help with this. It is PLAGUED with problems!
answer as soon as possible and I would really appreciate it

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My brother had his computer infected by a virus from a disc his boy brought back from Iraq. (He's pretty sure that's where it came from) Anyway, it's actually preventing his security system (McAfee) from working. He just wants to just buy another computer, but I told him to get hold of some software that completly wipes the hard drive, and that should solve the problem......or would it?

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IF you have the OPerating System disks you can "wipe" the system with that. Just start the installation process and delete and recreate the partition and install Windows. "Wiping" a system entails deleting everything.

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Old pc die built a new one but used my old hard drive how do I wipe it clean so I can instill all the new drives on it

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Are there any (preferably free) programs that wipe everything on the hard drive apart from the Operating System available? I wanna get rid of all my stuff... All games and music I have on CDs and anything else I need like isntant messengers I can re-download. Any help?

- Bowshi -

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Hi - I have a severely infected windows XP machine that can't access the internet.

I don't use that many applications on my computer and I have all of the disks -- so I was planning on wiping the hard drive and then reinstalling the OS.

Should that get rid of all viruses?

Most of my files are already backed up -- but I have a dozen or so word files that are new in the past week and not backed up. I was going to save these possibly infected files to a separate drive and then only put them back on my computer after it's been wiped and the antivirus is reinstalled and up to date.

Does that seem like a safe plan, or would it be too risky?

After making sure my antivirus was back up and running - I was then going to get the malwarebytes program as extra security in order to make sure I don't have to come back to bother this forum.

Thanks for the help.

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Could a moderator please close this thread.

After talking to a friend it seemed that a reinstall would be easiest so I'm going to go to that route.

Thanks to everyone on this board for sharing their knowledge - now that I know they exist I'll hopefully be able to keep my computer from getting sick again.

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Will a laptops hard drive be wiped clean if the XP disc is loaded and run? The laptop is a Dell.

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If you select to format the drive then yes it should.

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Hi to all,

Is wiping a hard drive with ones and zeros the same as formatting a hard drive?
What is the best way to erase hard drive data?
Is the term "low level formatting" different from "high level formatting"?

Many thanks!

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I recently tried to wipe my hard drive and reinstall windows, I have since had about a thousand problems. First I couldn't find my serial number (I found it after getting help on this forum, THANKS GUYS) so then I reinstalled windows, and when I was finished, I came to a desktop with only the recycling bin icon. So I went to my hard drive throught he run option in the windows start menu, and all my info from before is still on there! So now I have no idea what to do. The owners manual says to shut down the computer, wait until the blue DELL logo appears and hit F12, but the Dell logo never comes up, it goes directly to the windows screen, then to the desktop, so now I have no idea what to do, I have no icons on the desktop and I don't know what to do to wipe the hard drive thus erasing all the garbage and starting from scratch, if anyone knows what to do please let me know, Thanks.

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You will have to give your system specifications and the OS you are attempting to install.
In general, you will need a bootable floppy or CD with some basic utilities; e.g. fdisk, format, etc.. Worry about the DELL logo later. Usually, it can be gotten rid of by setting fast boot in the BIOS.

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I am trying to wipe my hard drive with no success. I finally got windows to reinstall, but it doesn't wipe the hard drive. When I go the the Windows setup for reinstallation, it asks if I want to do a windows upgrade or new installation. I say new installation and go throught the steps, but everything on my hard drive stays. I need to know what to do to completely wipe my hard drive, I want everything erased and then I can reinstall Windows and start with a totally clean hard drive. Thanks a bunch for any help you can offer.

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I recently wiped my hard drive using BC Wipe 2.0. I set it up to wipe the entire hard drive. I used the one pass method and when it finished (about five hours later) it indicated it had wiped all 200 GB. Now when I go to reformat it, my Windows disk indicates there are only 131 GB available! It was never partitioned except for the 8 GB that the HDA took up when it was new. Why does'nt it detect the entire 200 GB?

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I'm looking to restore my computer to it's out-of-box condition and wipe everything off of the harddrive that I have put on over the years, but I do not have the original startup disk. How can I do this? Will simply reformatting it work?

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exactly what computer do you have? Unless you messed with the partition, you may be able to go to factory setting with the press of a key. At startup, does your computer say anything about pressing some key for recovery? If not, and if you do not have an original startup disk, then you need to contact the computer manufacturer and purchase one.

Also some systems can restore from with the os itself. go to your start, click on all programs and see if there is a manufacturer folder. You may be able to do it from there.

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Hi, I'm planning on selling my computer soon, the problem is I don't have the discs to re-install the OS.
Would reformatting the drive (so it's like factory settings) and then overwriting free space with a three time pass using CCleaner be sufficient to prevent data recovery?
Thanks, Aaron.

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You may want to read this discussion topic.

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Where can I find a program that dose a goverment wipe?


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Hello, I need a program that wipes your hard drive complety clean like you buy it in the store. does anyone have one? please and thank you !! it would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi, i wish to wipe my hd clean as i have many gigs taken up that vista will will not let me remove. i have 2 program files "program files" and "program files (x86)" the (x86) is just a copy of my normal program files and i am certain it is just sitting there taking up space. When i try delete it i get the msg "you need permision to preform that operation". I have tried creating a proper administrator account through bios run as administrator. That did not work, i log onto that account and it STILL sais i need permision even if i edit the permisions list and take ownership of the file.

After giving up trying to remove things manualy i wish to wipe my hd and start again. How do i do this? I tried reinstalling vista but i still have the double program files and i still have 60 gigs taken up even after deleting "windows old". Ive seen lots of times on the internet people just say "insert your vista cd and choose to reformat" however i could see no option to reformat. It just went ahead and reinstalled intself. Any help would be greatly apreciated.

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hi first is the disc you have a proper install disc if yes then you should be able to delete the partitions and install a fresh copy of vista http://windows-server-training.com/i...windows-vista/ this should help please note this shows it without the key you will need to input the key

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I am using Win7 with a ssHD of 80 gb. A year ago I reformatted the HD.At that point I had 30GB of free space.After supposedly blowing away everything,I still had only 40GB of free space.
I suspect that when using the WIN 7 disk to reformat--I loaded the operating system for a second time.
When my SSHD was brand new,I recall that the OS only took up about 8GB!!!
Is there some way to actually blow everything back to 0 GB--and reinstall OS from scratch!!!!
As of now I only have 6GB of free space.
The only thing installed on my computer is WIN7 and LOTR on-line(which accounts for 30 + GB!)
Initially I had ,when new Win7 8Gb
Total WarII 30GB
installed --which with other miscellaneous stuff gave me 10gb free
after I blew away Total War ,I had about 35GB free
and after I reformatted ,I had 10GB free
So now,If I want to try to format,I am informed ``not enough free space``
And that is my sad Story!!!

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Try this http://indrajitc.wordpress.com/2008/03/25/reclaiming-disk-space-from-system-volume-information/

In a few words - Windows is storing endless restore points in a hidden place called SystemVolumeInformation. And possibly other things too. The amount of space allowed is limited, but defaults to 15% of your total disk drive. That is absurd, especially on 1Tb drives ......

If you don't like using a command box, there are other simple ways of doing the same thing in Advanced System Properties.

BTW please stop trying to 'reformat' - you clearly are not aware of what that does, because it can in the wrong hands, leave you with no PC at all. Maybe 'reinstalled' is the word you want.

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What is the best way of wiping every single bit of information off a hard drive. Because I want to wipe all information off an old PC of mine apart for the necessary operating system software(or if needs be I still have the CD for it).
How do I tell the difernce between what i have created and waht was originally on the computer.


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www.jetico.com download bcwipe,its the best for completely wiping your files and anything you want to be shredded,

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I am attempting to fix my sisters Windows XP machine. She had another party attempt to fix it not too long ago and he ended up putting a bad copy of Windows on the pc and she is unable to validate. Not only is she not able to validate but she also has a worm infecting her pc that we have been unsuccessful in removing. I attempted to reinstall the OS and got to the point of choosing where to install the OS and found that he had created 2 partitions and had not only reinstalled on the C: drive but had also reinstalled on the 2 partitions he created. My thought is that I could just wipe the drive and start over. With that in mind, does anyone know of any free software that can be used to complete this task and also any recommendations would greatly appreciated.

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You don't need third party software. During Window XP Setup you have the opportunity to remove one of the partitions which will give you one large one (the whole hard drive). You then can format the whole drive and continue with Windows installation after that.

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Hi AGAIN, I'm trying to wipe my hard drive and reinstall windows 7 from a flash drive. When I press escape on start up I'm not getting options to wipe it. There's also no start in safe mode and the other options that go with that????? I have done this before no problems has this got something to do with it??? should I be going to device manager and right click on my hard drive or something?????? please head!!!!!!!! ty

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

Formatting USB external hard disk
Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
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I have noticed multiple audit failures due to failed logons in all my user accounts. Since I have been concerned about re-occuring changes made to many of my settings, I investigated further and am concerned that the logon process Advapi might be malware. Perhaps it is something else. I am enclosing all files and attachments as requested. Please advise. Thank you.


DDS (Ver_09-01-19.01) - NTFSx86
Run by El Jeff de Casa at 10:32:02.39 on Fri 01/23/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18000
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.2942.1043 [GMT -6:00]

AV: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Antivirus *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
FW: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Firewall *enabled*

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
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A:Audit failures / multiple logon attempts

Hi TSHELP0711,

Welcome to Tech Support Forum.

Your logs are clean. I'm not seeing any audit failures events in your Event Viewer logs though. Could you copy and paste some of the events here for us to take a look?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-6100U CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 78 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6034 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 916 GB (871 GB Free); D: 13 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: HP, 81EB
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I need to wipe my hard drive, I mean completely. Someone has hacked my computer and it is driving me crazy. When I tried to reset their files were on my USB from the company, it is crazy! I do not know what all has been done to my computer but this upsets me. Thank yo.

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my mate installed xp pro a while ago without tellin me, it was running perfectly for a couple of months then it wouldnt start up, i tryed everythin to get it to start but i had no luck, i uninstalled xp pro back to windows 98, but it didnt work. I have an idea how to format a hard drive but is there a website tellin me how to do it correctly? also since another friend wiped his hard drive it either crashes just before the desktop shows or a blue registry checker screen keep comin up. if anyone can help i will very grateful

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this should help,


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Through the years I have accumulated 6 hard drives from computers that I or my family/friends have gotten rid of.   I would take them out for security reasons and then scrap the old outdated machines.    
I am spring cleaning and throwing stuff out and want to get rid of them.     If I take them to camp and let them burn in the bottom of our campfire for a few days, will that be good enough to destroy them.    I know I could drill them but I am not handy with a drill......would prob end up in the emergency room....and I just want to do something not too labor intensive to destroy them.
If that won't work...any ideas???
Hope I posted this in the correct place and TY in advance for any suggestions.

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The problem with burning them, is that toxic materials will be released.
If they still work, use DBAN to wipe them: http://www.dban.org/

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My computer is driving me crazy, it is way slower than it should be, I get errors all the time, pretty much nothing works like it should. So I thought I would wipe my hard drive and reinstall windows. I got my windows disk out and it asked me for the serial number, I looked everywhere and I cannot find my s/n. I don't even know what its on. I have a dell 4500 and I have the owners manual out, but it doesn't have the serial number in it anywhere. I have reinstalled windows once before, but I don't remember where I put the s/n. I know its on that certificate of authenticity, but I have no idea what the c of a is on. I have a bunch of paper cd cases from dell that have the driver cd's but I can't find the one the windows disc came in. I have been looking on the internet for a way to recover the s/n, and I found one place that said it could be done, but you had to pay for the answer, so I came here. Is there any way that I can recover my serial number, and if not, could someone at least tell me what to look for, if the s/n is in a manual or on a disc case? I promise I have a legal copy, if I didn't I would just use one of the hundreds of serials I found on the internet, but I want to use the one that came with my computer so I don't run into any problems. If anyone knows of anything to help me out please let me know, Thanks.

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hi there,i want to wipe my hard drive of all the data that is on it and then reload the operating system as i do not have a restore disk,the reason i have to do this as i have drive errors and its the only way possible to start again,does any one know how i can wipe the hard drive without a restore disk.

thanks in advance.

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if you're going to install WindowsXP, boot from the XP CD, when prompted, perform a full format using NTFS or FAT32 (NTFS is better, but it's up to you which file system you choose)

if you're going to install an older OS, then boot from a startup floppy disk (you can download the bootable file http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm save it to a floppy disk and boot from it and type format c: (it will take quite a while)

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my hdd (c) has xp preinstalled and partitioned. I now have an extra hdd (f) which i have copied (c) including xp installation. I even think i'm booting from (f) (although it is still classed as slave)
I would like to delete all off (c) (except xp which is partiitioned) of my original hdd. What is the best way to do it.

A:Solved: wiping hard drive but not the os

here is a website that has a hard drive cleaner. you read about it and see if it will work for you.i have never use it.

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Hi All,
I have an old Gateway 7330 laptop. The reason I bought a new one, several years ago, is the pin in the power source connection was loose/broken and could no longer power up or charge the battery. I tried for weeks to open it up to take a look but was unsuccessful (apparently these ones are very difficult to open; you have to go through the keyboard somehow.. tried for weeks)

Anyway, I want to wipe the hard drive clean before I get rid of it. It's been sitting in a closet inoperable for 7 years because I have a lot of financial information, tax returns,accounts/banking stuff on there. Sure yes, I could smash it apart but if possible I want to trade it in for a discount on a new one. (Future Shop's offering $50)

Now, if I can somehow manage to get it open without destroying it, is it possible to attach the drive to another computer, just to wipe the data, and then put it back into the old one? Would this affect the working/wiping computer at all?

Please advise
Thanks in advance .. Tracy

(p.s. and if I can do the wiping from another computer, then if someone can guide me through opening that Gateway up to get to that drive then that would be amaaaazing.)

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I have an infected hard drive that needs to be cleaned for a fresh installation of Windows XP. How do I clean this drive?

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I have heard that it is beneficial to wipe your hard drive clean periodically. Is this a simple task in Windows 98, Second Edition? How do you do it? Are there any web sites that would have detailed information on this process?


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Will upgrading to Windows 7 wipe my hard drive? Because, I'm looking to upgrade to Windows 7 under that assumption. Not only do I want to move on up, but I want to wipe away a number of problems I'm having with my computer. All of them probably have to do with the harddrive.

For example, the sleep button is eternally replaced by the "install updates" button, but there are no updates to install and it just sits on an infinite loop. There are some updates that refused to install at all. And there are weird little things that happen with my computer every day, that make it seem as though there's a virus even if there isn't.

I essentially want to start with a clean slate. All of the files and such I consider important will go onto a flash drive.

I will probably get Windows 7 for Xmas, and install it at the beginning of the new year. So I'm wondering - will the update wipe my harddrive? And if not, how can I easily make this happen?

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Hello Morgan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you want to start fresh, you would be better off doing a clean install with a full version of Windows 7 instead. We are not sure if it's possible to do a clean install with a upgrade version of Windows 7 yet.

Hope this helps,

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Hello, my name is Antony. I just joined the site because I was trying a DIY with something I'm not familiar with and managed to overcome the innate male bias of "meh it'll probably work, who needs help these days?" +1 to me for that. Anyway, The problem in question requires a bit of explanation (or maybe it doesn't, but with these types of things it pays to be concise.)

I got a new computer about 2 years ago. It came with approximately 250 GB of storage. Deciding that was too small, I decided to have the hard drive of my old computer installed into my new computer as a secondary hard drive, since they share the same operating system (Windows 7.) My main hard drive is C: and this secondary hard drive is F:. There were some files I wanted to copy from one to the other but mostly I just wanted the additional space I had left on the old hard drive (about 150 GB of 500 GB.) However, C: has started to run out of space and I realize that I'm not interested in keeping any files on F:. To this end I thought to wipe F: to free up all of its space and downloaded a program off the internet to accomplish this. The program is called MiniTool Partition Wizard and I chose this program because it apparently can wipe a hard drive without wiping the operating system along with it.

At this point I'm sure some of you will be wondering what the problem is. The problem is that when it comes to things like wiping disks or any other sensitive, potentially compute... Read more

A:Wiping A Secondary Hard Drive

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I need to wipe my hard drive on my Vista computer, so I put the recovery disk in and it warned me all data would be wiped, and I said yes but it came up saying it was "Write Protected".

So I tried again, but now when I put the disc in it comes up "Windows Setup" and goes to "Upgrading Windows".

What do I have to do?

A:Wiping Hard drive - Need Major help

Okay I let it run the "Upgrade Install Windows" thing and everything is still the same, except the "Windows" folder in local disk has been updated, and it now says in the bottom right hand corner of the screen "This copy of windows is not genuine"

Please, will somebody help? What do I need to do?

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I have an old computer that has a lot of old personal data. I would like to give it to someone who could put it to use or donate it to someone for basic spreadsheet, word processor training, what-have-you.

How do I go about cleaning the disk so that the personal data cannot be accessed?
Would appreciate instructions on doing this safely.
Thank You, DougA

A:Wiping Clean Hard-drive

You can run Killdisk to delete everything. This is a free progam and can be downloaded HERE. Put the program on a floppy disk or a CD.Then run a DOS disk, such as a Windows 98 start up disk, when the computer boots to DOS, type "C:" (without the quotes), push ENTER. Then type "fdisk" (without the quotes), push ENTER, then just push ENTER at each selection that you are prompted to make (in other words, just accept all defaults). You can download what you need HERE.Then reboot with your XP CD in the cd drive and reinstall Windows, being sure to choose "Full Format" instead of quick format when prompted.

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I have recently built a computer and installed windows. Its been about a month and i think i have got a virus or some kind. I can't run any anti-virus software and it blocks usage of games among other things. Since the computer is new and i dont have much on it i was considering of just starting fresh. I was wondering if this was a good thing to do, and if i do will i have to buy another windows or can i use the same one.


A:Wiping a hard drive and Windows help.


If Windows came pre-installed on your system, use this to get a fresh installation:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If you purchased Windows from a retailer, use this to get a fresh installation:

Clean Install Windows 7

You will not need to purchase anything as long as you have a legitimate licence and key. A format and clean install is always the best way to ensure your system is 100% clean.


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Hey there guys, I'm new here, and i signed up because Microsoft support rips you off (says they don't know the answer, so they charge you to open a case, which is 1 fee until solved, then 10 seconds later they're like "okay, so this is what you do"). Recently because my computer was getting extremely slow, i bought a new 2 TB 7200 RPM seagate hard drive. I installed it, put windows on it, and for some time it was booting fine, but then i decided i was satisfied and ready to wipe the old OS hard drive to reclaim the space on it, so i did so, then when i rebooted the computer i got an error saying something like "unable to find system files, reboot and select correct device". I then decided i'd try to reinstall or repair windows, but i get this error code when it tries to expand files: 0x80070017. Now when trying to boot from any of my 3 hard drives it says "bootmgr missing" I'm quite sure there were no viruses on the machine, though it had been a couple days since i last scanned.

Please help, this is really upsetting me, my computer is my anti-drug.

I am A+ certified, so i'm no computer noob, but I've never seen an issue like this before, it's like my computer was depending on my old hard drive to boot even though it was no longer the primary.

Forgot to say it's Windows 7 Alienware edition

A:Can't boot new hard drive since wiping old one

Sorry, but we are not able to provide help for Windows 7 Alienware Edition. You need to buy a genuine copy of Windows 7.

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Any free tools out there for completly wiping my hard drive {western digital 60 GIG} clean. I want everything off, a fresh HD. Thanks, B-72

A:Solved: Wiping hard drive clean............

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I am looking to wipe the hard drive of an older Inspiron 9300 before sending it to electronic recycling so no personal information is on it. Unfortunately the CD that was used to restore it to how it was when purchased is lost. Is there any way I can do this even reformatting? Thanks.

A:Wiping a older laptop hard drive

When I replaced the HDD in my Inspiron 9300 with an SSD the SSD came with Acronis software utilities that included a cloning tool and a drive cleanser. I bought an external USB adapter for connecting IDE/ATA or PATA drives and SATA drives via USB. My 9300 didn't recognize the SSD when I tried to use the cloning tool so I had to install Windows 7 all over again. But, the drive cleanser worked great. I simply connected the HDD that I replaced to the external USB adapter and used the cleanser to perform a complete and secure wipe of the HDD. Instead of recycling it I ended up selling the old HDD on eBay. So I made a few bucks. The external USB adapter has proven to be very useful for stuff like this.

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