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.It's windows XP...thing is....no connection to the internet on it....so I can't download anything to it.
... I will burn a cd and hope the cd player still works !...The Dell has had it's full measure. Unfortunately I have an older version of CCleaner so no 'drive wiper'
... you can use the install media to reinstall XP as it was when you bought it.
Fact is, it's such an ancient laptop that I was going to donate it to my kids school
The remains of my last couple of harddrives - theyre prettier than cd, but don't stop the heat [ Invalid Attachment ]
If it is old and slow, then the best will be to download a copy of Ubuntu, Debian or some other Linux disro and install it on the computer. You can use the installer to wipe the drive as it installs ( not a secure wipe but will still make it difficult to recover data later) and then use it to surf the web. If you use Puppy linux you can remove the hard drive and boot and run off a USB stick, or install it to the drive and have a very fast laptop again, with a large amount of storage again.
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A cheap angle grinder would do but you must wear googles. I learnt the hard way.
Whatever tickles your fancy I guess.Tell me RD, what were you looking for when you found that?
I've read tests where they stated that you could recover data over written seven times. The military have one way to treat old HD as I know and that is Neils hammer. That said you can use electromagnets to wipe data, but they have to be strong. Take a look ...sorry, you cannot view external links. To see them, please
REGISTER or LOGIN I would expect Darik's Boot and Nuke and Sysinternals to be good at cleaning out your HD, but, the best is your hammer/shredder
If you want to erase the data from a disk platter without actually destroying it, I'd suggest sticking it in the oven on high for half an hour, then, while it is still hot, subject it to a few hundred g's acceleration by whacking it with a mallet a few times.
A magnet will lose its magnetism if heated above the Curie temperature. The curie temperature of Iron is 770 o C
You might just yank your hard drive and keep it as a backup.I have a degausser... Have to take it on faith that it actually wiped the hdds... But, the drives were unreadable, and likely destroyed so they couldn't be easily reformatted. Then a sledge does the rest Any wipedisk program has to boot from floppy/CD.Actually... I think the one I used to use was called "WipeDisk". Put it in "secure mode", and it would chug for about a day or so. I'm not positive of the exact version I used to have, but it seemed to be effective.
BTW, rather than wreck your old drives, it's a lot more fun to take them apart. The engineering and manufacturing processes that go into HDs are truly amazing.I like to recover the magnets from the voicecoil mechanism (that's the bit that makes the heads move from track to track). Watch you fingers though. These are extremely powerful magnets. You may think they are welded to the assembly, but it's only magnetic attraction that is holding them in place.
Fact is, it's such an ancient laptop that I was going to donate it to my kids school but it runs so slowly that there really is no use for it ...so...my final idea was to scrap it.....so...perhaps using the DBAN is best for me....I truly can not see anybody getting any use from it........