Wipe hard drive but keep windows?

By snaircakh ·
Hi, I need to wipe a hard drive from an old desktop that has Windows ME installed. I don't have a windows cd though, so is there a way to wipe everything except the Windows files so I don't have to reinstall it?

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Simple answer, NO

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Wipe hard drive but keep ...

There is no such thing as wipe it but not wipe it. Either you do wipe it and have to reinstall an OS of some kind, or you don't wipe it.

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This depends on what you're looking for

by jdclyde In reply to Wipe hard drive but keep ...

Uninstall any applications you no longer wish to have.

Delete unwanted data/directories.

Clear your temp folder.

Run Defrag.

Then run this application or one like it.

It has an option to wipe free space.

BCwipe is something I have used for years.

This will have cleared out everything except for the windows install.

If this is not what you're looking for, please provide some more information.

Good luck.


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Thanks for the BCwipe reference

by nepenthe0 In reply to This depends on what you' ...

I was unaware of such software until your post. It may come in handy one day.

Rick/Portland, OR

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Plenty of them out there

by jdclyde In reply to Thanks for the BCwipe ref ...

Norton even has a utility in their suite that does the same, but BCwipe is free (or at least it was when I downloaded it).

I go through that checklist at least twice a year.

If you do the free space wipe, plan on it taking a long time, so I let it run all night and is usually done by morning, depending on the size of the drive and how much you have on it.

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I second BC Wipe Great Program will do what you want

by rawilcox30 In reply to This depends on what you' ...

I have also been using it for years. I generally uninstall / delete anything I don't want to save, then run wipe, then defrag. That wipe I'm wiping the sectors that had the data I wanted wiped.

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slack space and such

by jdclyde In reply to I second BC Wipe Great Pr ...

the wipe will get the unused portions of the sectors, so the only thing that isn't nailed the 7 times is what is defragged on top of.

Nothing I am doing is that confidential that I worry about it. I just like to get to the blank slate every now and then, but if it IS a major security issue, use BCwipe to do the delete of the data with wiping FIRST, THEN defrag, THEN wipe free space.

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Roger, so noted

by nepenthe0 In reply to slack space and such

and much appreciated.

Rick/Portland, OR

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by snaircakh In reply to This depends on what you' ...

That's exactly what I was looking for, thanks for the help.

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The salvage has zero value

by nepenthe0 In reply to Wipe hard drive but keep ...

Hard drives have significantly improved in the 8 years since Windows ME was launched. Western Digital now markets a 300GB VelociRaptor HD spinning at 10,000 rpm with 16MB cache and 3 gigabits/sec transfer rate. You have a turtle compared to a cheetah.

Not only is the salvaged HD obsolete, but the operating system installed in it is the worst piece of junk ever sold by Microsoft. If you enjoy lock ups, crashes, erratic behavior, sudden and inexplicable loss of critical functionality, then Windows ME is perfectly designed for your preferences. However, you cannot run Windows ME very long without an installation/recovery CD, due to its inherent instability.

There is a recent blog on TR about how to destroy a hard drive:

It's a thoroughly enjoyable (hilarious) read, and unfortunately, all too relevant to your current situation.

Rick/Portland, OR

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For same symptoms - run with zero antivirus strategy :^0 ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to The salvage has zero valu ...

You are something unmentionable on a public forum !!

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