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    Hitachi harddrive

    My windows 8 has a Hitachi harddrive and I want to wipe it out for my windows 7 disk I ordered yesterday. Can I use seagate software to write zero`s on drive?
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    KillDisk is hard drive netural.

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    That is overkill. Simply format, takes less and achieves the same overall result. The OS won't care. Of course, that unless you want to give away the machine and have secrets that you don't want to be ever discovered.
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    I pulled harddrive and used ultra usb to IDE OR SATA when I hooked it up my computer, reconized it except where I go to my computer and nothing listed. I go to device manager it is there also. I bought new harddrive waiting for it to get here. Christmas shipping hopefully it does not sit on some shelf for awhile.Hopefully Win 7 will spot all the hardware on this lap top. I maybe searching for drivers
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    Likely you need to go to "Manage" and then disk management
    There you can see it and remove th epartitions and also format it.
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    Thanks Ferrit. I already ordered 500 gig harddrive to upgrade this laptop.
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    If you intend to dispose of the drive, take a sledgehammer to it and bust it up. This is a real bone of contention: formatting a drive or re-partioning it keeps the honest people honest. If you're tossing the drive, it isn't much of an issue, but I can assure you that if you sell a laptop with the old hard drive, even after running DBan or the like, there's a good chance that there's enough recoverable data on the drive to make retrieving the information worth the investment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slgrieb View Post
    If you intend to dispose of the drive, take a sledgehammer to it and bust it up.
    At the previous job I was taking the drives to the 25-ton hydraulic press... one application next to the bearing and done
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    Yeah, Uncle Sam doesn't sell any old machines with hard drives that have had seriously sensitive info on them. Mid-level stuff can be DBanned or whatever, but during the 3 years I lived in the D.C. area, I never saw a retired Federal computer up for sale with a hard drive installed.

    People tend to vastly underestimate the value of data on their drives, and equally overestimate the difficulty and expense of recovery. Everybody wants to hear that they can run some freeware on that old computer and send it to a new home with no worries. hah.

    I'd like to see a video of an HDD in the press. Sometimes, I toy with the idea of doing a youtube video that incorporates some really secure methods of erasing drives. I've got the sledgehammer and machinist vise end of things covered, and my neighbor across the street has a plasma cutter. So there are some excellent artistic possibilities here.
    Last edited by slgrieb; December 30th, 2012 at 05:43 PM. Reason: Yet another stupid typo

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    I am going to put it with 5 other laptop disk in my safe. I aquired the others when family members wanted larger drives, using Acronis helped with transfers.
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    On base we degauss them with a hideously expensive unit. After one pass, they are toast. they don't even spin up and the OS won't see them.
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