Wiping my hard drive - experiencing errors

September 20, 2010 at 10:20:51
Specs: Windows XP, 960 MB
I recently purchased a new laptop with windows 7, and am switching from my desktop to my laptop. I am planning on giving my tower away, but I want to wipe my hard drive first. I have used two different programs so far and both have been unsuccessful.

First off, the desktop I am trying to wipe is an HP Pavillion a1473w with Windows XP and it has a 200 GB hard drive that I am trying to wipe clean.

The first program I've tried using is called DiskWipe and it would not work because it said "driver in use." I cannot figure out what this driver is, and thus I do not know how to solve that issue. Figuring, "what the hey..." I tried killing useless processes, and uninstalling my anti-virus software, and still no luck. Same error.

Next program I tried was DBAN or Darik's Boot and Nuke. (Which was recommended to me by several people.) It started fine, and I was able to get through the program options, and when I started the erasing process, it didn't even act like it did anything. It said it finished instantly with non-fatal errors, and truth be told, it didn't even do anything at all. I still have all my crap on my computer. So something isn't reading right or connecting right. If anyone can help, please let me know. Thank you!

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September 20, 2010 at 11:06:12
Okay, let me go ahead and explain something here..

This process your trying to do of wiping your hard drive, the technical term is formatting.. I say that because it doesn't matter what software you use, your still going to have to have an operating system once your done. Formatting erases everything, so your left with a blank slate.

With that, it would be best to buy an operating system or use your restore cd's to format the hard drive and do it that way.

And by the way, your getting the "driver in use" error because you cant use a program to format a drive the program is installed on.

Hope this helps!

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September 20, 2010 at 11:09:24
evie55 you do not format the drive when in windows but when you have booted from floppy diskette or cdrom. In other words you wipe the drive from outside of windows not from within windows.

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September 20, 2010 at 11:24:39
The driver error explanation makes sense.

My pc didn't come with restore cd's, and the only thing my computer offers is Restore Points.... which I've tried and it doesn't take me back to a fresh out of the factory state. I figured dban would work because I put it in the computer, restart it, and before windows even loads, it is suppose to bring up its options and wipe it, which it did except for the wiping part. I pressed F10 to start (as it told me too after I selected which partition to have wiped.) It went straight to the finished screen. It showed some error messages, but said it finished with non-fatal errors.

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September 20, 2010 at 11:31:51
Okay, apparently I had to create my own recovery cd... :) Just now discovered ... (after how long??)

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September 23, 2010 at 20:09:24
Formatting does not delete anything, it just makes the hdd rewritable. you need to "FDISK" the drive to completely remove any trace of your files.

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