Solved How to Wipe Hard Drive of Gateway Solo 5300 CX with ME OS

May 11, 2014 at 14:36:46
Specs: Windows ME, Intel Pentium III Processor 800Mhz/128 Memory Module
I have a Gateway Solo 5300 CX laptop with Windows ME Operating System. I would like to wipe the hard drive. I tried WipeDrive but after I get the first screen and hit enter (Step 1 - To begin the process, boot up WipeDrive and select the top "WipeDrive" option.), I get two lines
loading init ??? ...........
loading init ??? ........... ready.
and then the screen goes black and nothing happens. I am guessing that WipeDrive doesn't work with ME? Or maybe the processor or memory is too small. This laptop was bought in 2001.

I was wondering what other software was available to use to wipe out an ME hard drive?

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May 11, 2014 at 23:49:00
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If your booting from a CD to run a disk-wipe utility, your version of Windows is irrelevant.
Bootable CD utilities should work with any version, so maybe some of your hardware not compatible.

Anyhow, here's a different boot CD you can try:

Active KillDisk v4.1 for DOS (download the ISO file and make CD from it):

User Guide:

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May 12, 2014 at 01:33:26
Why the need to wipe it? Reformatting it or removing and recreating the partition(s) and then formatting is adequate under normal circumstances.

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May 12, 2014 at 02:31:24
I just checked my email and noticed you send me a message about Norton Utilities wipeinfo. I guess I must have sent you that a few years ago. That version was made for fat16 partitioned drives. Your ME drive is probably partitioned as fat32 and wipeinfo wouldn't work with it.

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May 26, 2014 at 09:52:28
Thank you phil22. KillDisk for DOS worked. I am currently wiping out the laptop.

To DAVEINCAPS: I feel more comfortable wiping it. I have met too many individuals who have bragged about retrieving information from hard drives that people though they had removed confidential data.

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