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Hard Drive Cleaning

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by endlesszeal, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. endlesszeal

    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    Hey guys, im wondering if you guys knew a program that would wipe your hard drive. I want to do a fresh reinstall of windows and i want to make sure nothing is left like a virus or whatever that lingers around even after a reformat.

    thanks guy.
     
  2. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    format the HD
    when you turn off the computer after the format jump the bois to clear it (some of the really well designed viruses will write themselves to the bios chip when you format then write themselves back to the HD after
    that should completely get rid of anything on there
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    :withstupid:

    reformatting the HD is the simplest way to go about doing what you want.
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    completely reformat, delete the partitions, clear cmos.

    start fresh with new partitions and a new MBR.
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    if you want a perfectly clean hard drive, buy a new one.

    seriously.


    even formatting, a high-level virus can hang around...
     
  6. Sabz5150

    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hd* where * is the drive designation.

    That will low level the entire thing. Nothing survives that.
     
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    Prowler Super Moderator

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    i can send you a DoD 7pass program that will make your drive unreadable.
     
  8. jeffie7

    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    Trying to clean a drive to remove a virus is pretty pointless, just use a virus program like AVG.
    If you have kitty porn or women sucking off horses then you should put a 20lb magnet on it and never say another word about it.

    When you delete something you only tell the drive it's ok to write over it. the data will always be there till you write over top of it. since data is stored all over the drive it could take months to fully cover up something.
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    That's why it is essential to low level the drive. Basically that writes zeroes to every last bit of the drive, completely erasing everything, including the MBR, partition tables and data.
     
  10. reikoshea

    reikoshea HS Troll...And Mod Moderator VIP

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    got to it first, but yeah. a low level is nothing like "format C:"
     
  11. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    There's a program called "Drive Scrubber" can overwrite 10+ times if you like. I know it comes with System Mechanic, but maybe you can find it as a stand alone.
     
  12. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    8 pass is the standard the government required at UT... but I know that the 7 pass is the military standard. Go fig. The most secure thing that most government agencies use is a physical shredder. :mrgreen:
     
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