Securely formatting a PC

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by KooBrewoP, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. KooBrewoP macrumors regular


    May 19, 2004
    behind you!
    After a disappointing and expensive foray in to the world of windows I have decided to sell my PC and return to the mac fold.

    My question is how can I securely erase my PC HD? On my mac I could 0 all data from the installation disks but windows doesn’t seem to have the same options. I only have 1 HD so I cant install the OS on one in order to wipe the other. Anyone done this successfully? if so any pointers would be very welcome. tnx
  2. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    There isn't really a secure erase/reformat built into Windows, but there are some good third party tools. One of the better options is called DBAN, or Derek's Boot and Nuke. Just do a search on either term, and you should find his site. It's a free tool. It will do a secure erase (write zeros to the drive) for you.

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