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I am about to sell a hard drive on ebay but my computer won't boot up and I have to clear it. How can I do this. I am also selling a cd-r for about 30 bucks and hard drive for 80 but I cant clear it???

asked Jul 20 '10 at 20:19

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Umm, cd-r for $30? ? ? Is it gold plated? You'll be lucky to get $10 - $15 for a cd-r. Or did you mean a dvd burner? Of which you can pick up for around $25 -$30 brand new.

(Jul 21 '10 at 00:55) Geenome Geenome's gravatar image

you can find a linux or windows disk boot to it and reformat it... if you are more paranoid scrub it. http://www.dban.org/download

if it still wont boot up then put it in another computer and do the same thing...

answered Jul 20 '10 at 20:23

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BTW i recommend to scrub it

(Jul 20 '10 at 20:24) trueb trueb's gravatar image

You could go to your local computer store and pay them to have it done.

answered Jul 20 '10 at 20:23

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And you don't have access to any other computers besides laptops?

answered Jul 20 '10 at 20:24

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If you want to securly wipe and make it almost impossible for someone to find it, try http://www.dban.org/. It wipes and rewrite it many times to protect it from accessing and recovering it. It can also be used with a flash drive http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-dban-to-a-usb-flash-drive-using-windows/

answered Jul 20 '10 at 20:24

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kevin ♦♦

edited Jul 20 '10 at 20:36

i dont have a usb cd drive for my laptop could i do this with a flashdrive?(DBAN)

answered Jul 20 '10 at 20:33

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Yes you can..........

(Jul 20 '10 at 20:34) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

I use the free killdisk software. http://www.killdisk.com/

answered Jul 21 '10 at 00:07

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Although the Linux(Ubuntu) option is your best choice. There's USB-IDE Adapter that sure would make this job easy. Besides, a Guy really should have one of these around anyway. It handles both laptop/desktop hard disc Interfaces & comes complete with a "12 & 5" Volt PSU(looks like a brick charger) However you still need a working PC(USB Port),but if you had one you could easily use a friends PC. Just plug into his USB Port & plug in the power adapter & format your hard-disc from within his Windows. Google Search (USB-IDE Adapter). Well Good Luck! X

answered Jul 21 '10 at 23:19

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edited Jul 23 '10 at 16:24

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