Do you erase hard drive

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Description: Learn how to securely wipe a hard drive to ensure all of your personal data can not be recovered.

Many people have old computers they want to get rid of, but it is important to make sure personal information is removed before discarding the computer. Simply erasing is not enough. Some data recovery software may make it possible to retrieve the data if you just hit the erase key. In this tutorial, we will explain how to completely wipe data off the hard drive of your computer. When you have completed the steps below you can rest assured your private data has been completely destroyed.

  1. A blank CD
  2. A copy of Darik's Boot and Nuke (available at )
  3. A PC with a CD burner (or DVD burner)
  4. CD/DVD burning software (Ahead Nero, Roxio Creator, etc.)
  1. Visit and click on the "download" option.
  2. Under "Preview Releases" click on the link for the latest software and tell it to download to your desktop (i.e. "save" instead of "run").
  3. Once you have it downloaded, you will need to burn it to a blank CD. Follow the directions for the CD burning software you have on your computer.

Please note that you will want to back up your data BEFORE starting this process. Once you start the wipe, any and all data that you had on the PC will be gone!

Geek Squad recommends purchasing an external hard drive for backups, looking into an online backup solution, and/or speaking to a data backup professional (COUGH COUGH Geek Squad Agents COUGH COUGH).

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