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how do i get everything off my hard drive.

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Hey, um ive got about 8 hard drives that i want every operating system and everything off. how do i go about doing this??
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by:sunray_2003
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by:Glowingdark
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I regularly use Darik's boot and nuke.
http://dban.sourceforge.net/


Kevin
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by:sirbounty
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Run a magnet over it several times - like the ones from your stereo speakers..
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by:scottkern3
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send them to me... j/k

I second killdisk (sunray)
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by:Callandor
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sirbounty, that magnet idea is a little extreme - you won't be able to use the disks anymore, because all the track information will be scrambled (but maybe he wants that?).
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by:ziggy_9mm
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Search for a program called BCwipe, clears everything works good. ;)
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or u could do it the old fashion way. Boot from dos floppy.
http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

execute "fdisk.exe"
delete partitions
create partition
reformat harddisk

doesn't get more "off" the this :)
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by:sirbounty
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>Callandor - thought that's what he wanted... :D
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by:slink9
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I was thinking about FDISK myself.  Isn't this secure enough for the average user?
Sure, some of the kill programs will write 0 and 1 over the entire disk many times after wiping it, but that is a little extreme for the normal user, isn't it?
Kind of like those CD scratchers that render the CD permanently useless.  Why not just break it in a few pieces and put them in different trash cans?
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by:sirbounty
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>>Hey, um ive got about 8 hard drives that i want every operating system and everything off. how do i go about doing this??<<

NOT the average user, IMO... :D

What's with the different trash cans for the broken cds?  Can you really put them back together?

Why not place them on a dremmel tool on max RPM until it shatters? LOL
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by:slink9
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I guess the point was about overkill.  The sales propaganda for them says you no longer need to break them.  Guarantee they are unreadable by running it through there.  Good idea abut the dremel.  It costs about the same (or less, even) as a CD killer and has many more uses.
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by:Pete Long
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I want to see slink glueing CD's together :)

turn the drive upside down, put some magnesium ribbon on it then light it (with a looooong match) much more fun and an interesting patio light for bar-b-cues

or my favourite way to get rid of them (you will need some bandwidth to run this)

click the video link here http://www.techtv.com/unscrewed/ihateyou/story/0,24682,3588092,00.html
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by:Callandor
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Oh oh - Pete's getting more destructive ideas.  _TAD_ took the prize for the most destructive youth, though.
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by:Biggles77
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I want one of those drives!  It is a lot faster than my 5400rpm WD:-)
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by:Pete Long
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:)
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