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Old 02-03-2005, 10:07 AM
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Not boating related but this place has some experts. We are replacing about 11 P4 machines with new Dells. There are a couple of local kids that I want to give them to but don't want any of our agency stuff lingering on the hard drive. I have 11 Win 98 licenses with the software that they can re-install. What's the easiest way to clean off the C: drive but be able to re-install Win 98 (or whatever version they might want to buy)?
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:11 AM
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If these systems contain Corporate proprietery information; you may want to use a program called clean sweep or something like it. If you are not concerned you can format yor hard drive and then reload. I have some tools at my house I can send you a link to download later tonight if you would like.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:21 AM
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Take a look at these, might help.

http://www.isc-unlimited.com/tiptrick/98cleantt.html

http://staff.washington.edu/jdlarios/autoclave/
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:47 AM
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Shag - 2/3/2005 11:07 AM

Not boating related but this place has some experts. We are replacing about 11 P4 machines with new Dells. There are a couple of local kids that I want to give them to but don't want any of our agency stuff lingering on the hard drive. I have 11 Win 98 licenses with the software that they can re-install. What's the easiest way to clean off the C: drive but be able to re-install Win 98 (or whatever version they might want to buy)?
Try this:
http://www.killdisk.com/

Or, depending on how much time you want to spend dicking with it, I would recommend pulling out the hardrive(s), smash 'em with a hammer, and recycle. That's the fast way, and let the kids buy their own hard-drive(s).

If you don't have anything really critical, boot to a system disk, and just run FORMAT.
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:01 AM
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If they are western digital hd's, use 'Data Lifeguard Tools' to 'write zeros' to disk... http://support.wdc.com/download/#windlg
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:18 AM
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Basicly all you have to do is re-partition your hd's with fdisk and than re-format and re-load your OS. The re-partition will wipe out everything much more efficiently than just taking the first character out of your files like a plain format does.
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:52 AM
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Thanks guys. A lot of good info here. The computers are being used in an insurance agency, not the Pentagon, but we do have a lot of customer info that I don't want a chance of being recovered. I gave a bunch to the community college a few years ago and did what feralcat suggested, smashed em and told the college to get their own. Thanks again!
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:03 PM
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fdisk is simple and VERY quick
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Old 02-03-2005, 01:59 PM
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Reboot the system with a 98 boot floppy and a copy of 98 in the system. At boot up you can fdisk the hard drives. You don't have to load up 98 just do the fdisk and format and the students can load 98.
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