Quickly destruct/erase Thinkpad laptop

Looking for a quick way to destruct/erase thinkpad t420.  Don't need to format.  Maybe to restore to the initial factory version, etc.
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aadihCommented:
Tap F11 while starting. Restore.
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Tiras25Author Commented:
Thanks Aadih-f11 should do.

With killdisk - can I run it from the same C:\ drive or got to be external (usb,cd,etc)
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aadihCommented:
You could use "CCleaner" portable on a usb stick and erase the disk. And then restore to factory settings.  Why not just restore to factory settings and then erase unused space using "CCleaner"?

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds >
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Tiras25Author Commented:
So just making sure if Restore to factory settings, all the users data will be erased and nor recoverable.  Correct?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
F11 to restore the computer to out-of-the-box condition (aadih post) is the correct way to go because it leaves the receiver of the computer with the licensed operating system. However it is not fast (a couple of hours).

Killdisk also works, but will destroy the license. You would need recovery DVD's after killdisk.

... Thinkpads_User
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I guess if you wanted to completely wipe the drive I use DBAN:  http://www.dban.org/

You can do a quick format or you can select different grades of wiping out the disk and pretty much states you will not be able to recover anything (its a secure wipe).

However if you just want to do a system restore (which is also nice for it loads the OS and drivers) do the F11 or I think with lenovo you can do the F8 and Repair my PC option to do it back to out of box state also.

Either option is good and just depends on what you need to do.  Use DBAN to secure erase (keep in mind it blanks the disk so there will be no restore partition or anything so you will have to use the restore disks.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Factory restore deletes all data. ... Thinkpads_User
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Tiras25Author Commented:
is dban free?  

Yes the goal is to do it fast. So maybe restoring would work with F11.
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aadihCommented:
Thinkpads_User is right.

Just restore to factory settings. No more worries. If more worried, anyway, use "CCleaner" to erase unused space (after restoring).

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner >
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
DBAN is free, factory restore does delete all data but does not secure erase the data is my point.  Not saying thinkpads_user is wrong or anything just want to understand if the user wants to erase the data in a way that it will no longer be recoverable etc.
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aadihCommented:
Well, unless there is such a sensitive super-secret data on the PC...  a "rubber-coated" hammer will do fine rather than ... ;-)
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Well, unless there is such a sensitive super-secret data on the PC...  a "rubber-coated" hammer will do fine rather than ... ;-)

Best quote.....ever :)
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aadihCommented:
The beauty is in the eye of the beholder (not in the object itself).  :-)
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aadihCommented:
Great. You made up your mind about a method to use. :-)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@Tiras25 - Thanks and I was happy to help.

..... Thinkpads_User
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