How to properly clear hard drive running ME?

June 12, 2011 at 05:11:21
Specs: Windows ME
Hi - I have an old pc running Windows ME but which I have never sent for recycling because I don't know how to properly clear all of the data on the hard drive. Are there any recommended packages that will work for ME? Or, is my best bet to take the disk out and physically destroy it? Thanks

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June 12, 2011 at 07:01:44
Use the WinME boot floppy.

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June 12, 2011 at 14:28:50
Thanks for your responses. I hadn't occured to me that I could use 'format' to do this; I will follow your advice.

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July 20, 2011 at 00:28:38
I haven't been here for quite awhile. But I came across your post when I visit here today and I hope my response here is still useful to your situation and not too late.

I understand using Format will not fully erase your data and a third party recovery program can recover some of the data in the disk. I'm not sure how accurate this info is. But the safest and sure way to delete data completely is to use a third party program ( the military also use a similar one ). I've been using this for years, and is also a free program. Have a look here

It may take a few hours to completely clean out your hard disk, depending on how big is your drive. But good luck and I hope this is still useful to you.

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