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Old 03-14-2005, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
Cleaning the Computer ???


My computer is very slow, and I know I need to reformat, or just clean out my hard drive. Usually, I just reformat, and reinstall windows, but many of my things are still there.

Is there a free easy to use program that will effectively delete everything off my hard drive, and then I can simply re-install windows and make this computer like new ?

I am fairly knowledgeable with computers, so if there is another way please let me know.

Otherwise, does free software exist, and is it effective in deleting everyhthing.
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Old 03-15-2005, 01:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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personally, i'd just save whatever you need to onto a cdrom, or dvd rom, then reinstall windows, as use firefox as your default browser from day 1. Also, run adaware and such constantly, and don't be stupid!
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
But if I just reinstall windows then it will not clean out my whole comp.
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What kind of things are left after formatting and reinstalling windows? Are you sure you're not just doing a Repair of Windows?
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
Reformating should clean everything up. Now for a question of my own. I have about 40 GB of data which I have nowhere to put and I don't feel like burning it onto cds or dvds. So what I thought is that I'm going to use Partition Magic to divide up my HD into two partitions 100GB and 150GB. I'll dump all of the data onto the second partition and reformat the first one. Install windows (keep on using IE :-) ) and merge the two partitions together after dumping all the files back on the 100GB partition. I'm pretty sure this would work, I think I might have done it once again. My question is, would this be a good thing to do or would it not??
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 03-15-2005, 06:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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vinaur: you really should keep (at least) two partitions on a drive that size, if only one for your OS and programs and one for your data to avoid the situation you're currently in. If you had a 20 gig OS/programs partition and the rest data you could just format the OS partition when it was time to clean up and keep all your data. In addition, a 250 gig drive unpartitioned will lose you approximately 17 gigs of space.

danny_boy: a format will more or less get rid of everything. If you quick format it only erases the allocation tables, which means the data is still there but the computer writes over all the old stuff as it comes in. If this is a high-security situation, where you need to make sure everything is destroyed, you could get a program that writes garbage (ones) to every single bit on the hard drive -- but I don't think we're talking national security here. Formatting the computer clears it all out.
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