PC hardware forum: Donating hard drives, how do I get rid of all my personal data?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) October 31, 2008 1:18 PM PDT

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Donating hard drives, how do I get rid of all my personal data?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 10/31/08 1:18 PM

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I have several old hard drives that I would like to donate to
a worthy cause, but I am not sure how to get rid of all the
personal information that is stored on them. Any suggestions
as to what I can do? Some hard drives are not in the
computers and a couple of them are. Please provide step-by
step instructions on how I can thoroughly clean these drives
out. Thank you!

--Submitted by Kathy C.

Enough to be safe, not so much as to be paranoid --Submitted by watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=314496&messageID=2896932#2896932

Getting rid of old drives... --Submitted by Wolfie2k5
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=314496&messageID=2897100#2897100

Re: Donating Hard Disc Drives. --Submitted by chauffeur2
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=314496&messageID=2896970#2896970

Use the Drive manufacturer's utilities --Submitted by back_water_tech
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=314496&messageID=2896983#2896983

If you have any additional recommendations or advice to share with Kathy, let's hear them. Click on the "Reply" link to post. Please be detailed as possible in your answer and list all options available. Thanks!

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