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Wiping Hard Drive

By granogue ·
Hi,

I have a Dell Optiplex GX100 desktop with 10g hard drive space. I want to free up some space on my hard disk. Are there some simple steps to wiping a hard drive? I have Windows XP. I also want to keep a lot of data that I have on my hard disk. In order to keep that data do I need to back it up before I wipe the drive?

Thank you in advance for your answer.

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by dmiles In reply to Wiping Hard Drive

Using Disk CleanupDisk Cleanup helps free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup searches your drive, and then shows you temporary files, Internet cache files, and unnecessary program files that you can safely delete. You can direct Disk Cleanup to delete some or all of those files.

Open Disk Cleanup.

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To open Disk Cleanup, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
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by granogue In reply to

Maybe I should have been clearer. I know how to use disk cleaners. I want to wipe my hard drive and re-install my operating system because there is a lot of buildup in my system that's wasting space. I want someone to tell me how to do that.

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by Chris910 In reply to Wiping Hard Drive

--When you say that you want to wipe the drive do you mean that you want to format your drive and start over, saving Your Data Files?
--Are you updating to windows XP from win 95/98?
--If the curent OS is XP are you using NTFS or FAT32?
--How valuble is your time? a 40 GB drive can be had fairly cheap.

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by granogue In reply to

Yes, I want to reformat my hard drive, saving some of my data files. I already use Windows XP. I'm using NTFS. I don't want to install a new hard drive.

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by SimY In reply to Wiping Hard Drive

My suggestion would be to backup your data to removable media i.e. CD, flash disk etc if possible as you haven't specified how much data you have or what hardware you have available to you e.g. CD burner. If there is a second PC available you could back up your data to it by connecting the two PCs with a crossover cable. Hope this helps.

Just a tip - when you do wipe your hard disk, create a separate partition for your data so that if you need to wipe your OS again you won't have to worry about losing your data.

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by Chris910 In reply to Wiping Hard Drive

There is no easy answer. You will need to find some methode of offline storage to save your files. restoring XP over the top of the old OS is iff'y at best and you will be fighting problems for ever more. Think about how much time you are going to spend trying to save this data Vs. how much time it will take to rebuild the data. If you are going to try to save it the best solution is to save your data to an already existing network resource, CD Burner, or floppies (if the data is small enough). if that does not work for you try adding a second HD (borrowed, used, ???) format it using fat32 then copy your data to it then format the original drive and reinstall XP. You may also want to think ahead and download the networkand/or modem drivers you will need to to simplify rebuilding your machine.
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Good luck,
Chris

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