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    Wiping hard drive of 'old' computer

    I would like to remove all data (but perhaps leave the operating system and software) on my old computer before I donate it or (more likely) recycle it.

    So I need a program to permanently delete lots of stuff. I've already disconnected the old computer from the Internet, so I would prefer a diskette-sized self-executing file that I can download on my new computer and then use on my old computer. But if that's too tall an order, a larger program would be fine. Reliability is more important than file size!

    Any recommendations for freeware or reasonably priced shareware?

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    Re: Wiping hard drive of 'old' computer

    A quick search with Google turns up a lot of options. The OS may not be licensed to go with the computer itself, so I would not worry about whether it's present or not.
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    Re: Wiping hard drive of 'old' computer

    If you're worried about somebody being able to recover your deleted data/ files, see the recommendations in the thread clean my hard drive?.

    Not so sure about a floppy-sized program though.
    Edited - Now I am <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. Try Sysinternals Freeware - Utilities for Windows NT and Windows 2000 - SDelete - 20KB
    SDelete works on Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0 and Win2K.

    Alan

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    Re: Wiping hard drive of 'old' computer

    "Killdisk" http://www.killdisk.com/ fits on a floppy. I've used it once or twice.

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