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Wipe out myy HD without wiping my OS

Q: Wipe out myy HD without wiping my OS

I am tried of running scans and trying to fix this and that when i can just redonwload the thing i need if i erase my hard drive. My vitaul memoery is so low my computer is barly working. But i don't have reinstall disks for my OS so can i just erase my hard drive (such as all programs and files) without erasing my OS and if so how?

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Preferred Solution: Wipe out myy HD without wiping my OS

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Windows XP Home I have been looking at image recovery programs to see what can be extracted from the free space after all the cleaning operations have been implemented Having seen the amount of information that can / 10,000 Files! Free Wiping Shredding software cannot wipe Disc Space be recovered I will no longer empty the Recycle Bin without shredding the contents but Shredding / Wiping software cannot wipe 10,000 Free Disc Space Files! it Shredding / Wiping software cannot wipe 10,000 Free Disc Space Files! seems that an enormous amount of information is still being collected which the normal individual is unaware of eImage Recovery Demo has found images and files in my deleted free space area of the hard disc Some are damaged due to overwriting but a vast majority have a clear preview picture of what can be recovered Because I do not recognise many of these pictures it seems that Windows is placing jpg bmp png etc images in this free space without my knowledge Perhaps some are gifs of bars and buttons from web surfing I have tried using some of the more user friendly and good reviews internet clearing tools available CCleaner Drive Discovery Active Privacy Guardian Washer Index dat Suite CleanCache PurgeIE IndexDat-Zap Version The images images that eImage Recovery displays seemingly cannot be removed by any of the normal space clearing methods available see below I have downloaded on trial practically every recovery program known to man and it is quite alarming to note that most only display a short list of deleted files in my free space area There are only programs that I can find which show an extended list of deleted files with preview pictures and these are eImage Recovery as mentioned above DiskInternals Uneraser and also VirtualLab Client which is a bit more complex To give you an idea how much effort I have put into this I have looked at all these programs in the hope of finding a tool that will wipe completely all the free space files beyond recovery and then check the free space after to see that no files are recoverable Active Privacy Guardian Washer NShred Super File Recover Virtual Lab Easis Data Lifesaver NetSpring Data Recover Back Life DiskDoctor DIY Data Recover Undelete Plus Wundelete Recover All Raise Data Recovery for NTFS Recover data for NTFS Arax Disk Doctor Object Rescue Pro Reviver Stellar Phoenix data recovery Data Recovery Pandora File Recovery Recovery Files Final recovery Directory Snoop Undelete Plus File Scavenger Clean Disc Security Tune Up Utilities Restoration Blanccco File Shredder BCWipe Ace Utilities Data Disk Recovery Easy Soft Undelete PC Mesh Win Hex Editor Recover Lost Data Eraser I have also wiped the free space several times using different programs yet still these files remain I have used Restoration to wipe the free space with pass Blancco File Shredder using passes Drive Discovery using passes File Shredder using passes Finally File Shredder again using the pass Guttmann Algorithm I have also wiped the slacks the file table entries and the system swap file Goodness knows what this is doing to my hard drive When I have shred every last evidence of computer internet activity shred the Recycle Bin Guttmann shredded the Free Space and removed all cookies and entries how is it possible for a basic recovery program like eImage Recovery to find so many records on my hard disc I have not tried to recover any files because this is not possible with the demo program It is not relevant anyway as the image content of the files which have not been overwritten are clearly visible and not marked as damaged I think there must be other records kept by Microsoft somewhere that are not touched by these wiping facilities I have also read somewhere that Office Word records activity which cannot be detected in the normal way Another thought I had was that the Clipboard might be applying records to the free space I have attached a few screen shots to give you an idea of the files being deposited in th... Read more

A:Shredding / Wiping software cannot wipe 10,000 Free Disc Space Files!

Give this one a go, select the DoD 7 passes, and then try and find something

It should take hours and hours. However, the only real safe solution is to do a format - and then "erase" the whole drive.

BTW, this is free and in my opinion, the best! Why so eager to get rid of your traces tho?
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A:Wiping drive w/ "Wipe Drive"; how to set up again?

Since you specifically mentioned WipeDrive click the Resources section in the top menu and choose the How to Library. They have how to instructions for using their product to wipe the hard drive and format a hard drive.;-how-to-set-up-again/
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Do i have to do certain things before wiping it? ie check for virus etc...
Regards Gail

A:Wiping pc

There's really no reason to "wipe" a drive, unless you're planning on selling, or giving the computer away.
All you need to do is pop in your XP disc, reformat, and reinstall XP.
Just make sure you have all of your personal data saved, before reformatting, or it will be lost.
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also i installed a graphics card, and added some RAM will i have to reinstall these if i do wipe my computer?

btw i have a windows xp home edition.

A:Wiping Everything

Hi Asian Power..welcome to TSF,

first question: do you have a Windows XP installation disc or a Restore Disc?

If you do, then yes you can restore the Pc back to how it was originally which should solve your problems. As for the graphics card/ will not need to physically reinstall either, all you will need to do is install the drivers for the graphics card when you format and reinstall Windows.

However, the problems you're having may be fixable by doing a little 'housework'. By that I mean, running a few scans to check for any malware, delete all the cluttered up cached files which may be impacting on performance, defragging the hard drive etc etc so you may want to bear that in mind too as formats and reinstalls can be a bit labourous depending on the amount of programs, games, updates etc you intend to install again. Though periodic formats/reinstalls do help with performance.

Hope that helps :)
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A:Wiping my HD


You might give Dban a try. It will usually kill everything on a drive and make sure that you have anything on any drive you want to keep disconnected, because if you don't it is easy to erase any hard drives on the computer.

It is under my signature, but having trouble with some links, but if the link doesn't work, then just google Dban (Darik's Boot and Nuke) and you will get a link.
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A:Wiping HDD

Reinstalling the OS or use
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Hey guys,

I just wanted to see if I could maybe get a little more info on the problem I've been having so here it goes.

I have a custom built desktop with vista 64 bit installed. I desperately need to completely wipe it back to default. I have a recovery disk but can't seem to find any feature that would allow me to fully wipe the computer.

I have a Phoenix award bios, not sure if it's newer or older version.also, I cannot acess any desktop components because I get the bsod every time I load up windows.

If someone could please let me know the easiest way or steps on how to wipe it, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much

A:Need help wiping !!

and welcome to the Forum

This is a good guide to reinstalling Vista:

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ones i thought might be good are

i want the most effective one i can find in that price range.

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A:Wiping my computer

hello & welcome to TSF ,

okay now first you need to tell us what you have and if you have any

now your best bet would to give us more specs about your pc

you can download a program (Everest Home Ed. Personal ) free program from this link

( )

and use it to send us a log from it so we can help you get drivers for it so you can have them burned to disk & ready after the wipe & clean install

your format & set up will only go smoothly if you are prepared for it

please include the name & model # & manufacture name as in ( Compaq Presario sr1703wm) & age

get back to us

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A:Hi, is there anyway I can get around wiping clean ...

Are you trying to check your HDD or wiping? to wipe it, you need to use diskpart command promptdiskpartthen on diskpart typelist disktake note of the correct disk ID to erasetypeselect disk x(x is the ID of your HDD to erase)typeclean all it will take an hour, i think.
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A:Wiping HD: Reinstall XP Pro or buy Win 7?

XP has less than a year of updates so going to 7 is not a bad idea.
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A:Account wiping

I guess I am not quite understanding you.

You can certainly remove their account from User Accounts in Control Panel. Then go into System Properties, Advanced Tab, User Profile settings, Delete their profile from there if it still exists. Then go to C:\Users and remove their user directory.
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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

You can use the OEM version of
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.
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i have a problem ill tell you the start

i need to wipe my pc so i put cd in restart computer and press esc to boot from cd and it comes up with a selection of things i can boot from and i tried to go up and down using up arrow down arrow and it wont go up or down and if i dont do it within 5 seconds it closes down

what do i need to do

it wont let me go up or down on the menu and it has a timer so it wont boot up

any help ?

xp btw

A:wiping pc problem

Use dban to clean your drive.

set the boot order to boot from rom first in the bios.
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A:Is restoring the same as wiping?

Use the restore, it will install all of your drivers ready to go.
Then go through and uninstall all of the Dell junk-ware that does the same as Windows functions. (wireless managers, blue-tooth managers, pc care, backup... etc)
edit: the factory restore is a system wipe, but it then installs Windows AND all of the essential drivers in one move, all from a restore partition.... It is a fresh start. I don't know if I was clear enough about that.
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A:Tips to wiping an HDD

Naturally, you need to back up any important date online or to an external storage device. This tutorial by Bare Foot Kid will tell you how to wipe the HDD completely, making at almost like a new HDD: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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A:Wiping a computer

Please read the rules and do not double-post.
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A:Wiping my computer.. Did I do this right?

This tutorial is probably what you wanted to do: Clean Install Windows 7
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A:Wiping hdd clean

No need to start multiple threads for the same problem.
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A:Wiping a HDD before selling it

every drive wiping prog that I have ever heard of erases the entire disk Kill disk is the best.

As for removing everything this except the OS and office will involve you manually doing it.

Unfortuantely you cannot download windows 7 legally although if you had an MSDN subsription then you could download it as part of the subscription.

Technically without the above as far as I am aware you will have to manually delete everything except office and windows.
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A:Wiping Disk

You're using the wrong app. Download DBAN, burn it as an ISO to a CD, then boot from it, and use it to wipe the the hard drive properly.

After running DBAN you will be left with a completely blank drive.


DiskWipe looks some app to 'wipe' a secondary drive while running it in Windows, it won't work if you are trying to wipe the drive you are running from.
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A:Wiping System...

Should be...

Boot with XP Disk, go to setup windows, delete the old partition, create a new one, format it, then it will install windows.
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A:Wiping Memory

Have a DVD burner or a CD burner? Get some blank ones and just burn al lthe files you want to keep to the CDs or DVDs
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A:wiping due to virus

just been trying dban. changed the boot order and the disk kicks in and after 20 seconds or so of
"ISOLINUX 4.00 4.00-pre46 ETCD Copyright (C) 1994-2010 H. Peter Anvin et al"

on the screen i then get

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reading sectors error(EDD)
No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!
boot: _"

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A:wiping HD for win xp reinstallation

The manufacturer of your hardrive will probably have such a program on their website under support/diagnostic tools. Free to download. There is usually a choice of a floppy or CD version.

If it's a Western Digital drive, the software is called 'Lifeguard'.

It will write zeros to your drive (low level format) and put it back as near as you will be able to get to the state it was in when new.

But do not use if you have a factory copy of windows installed on your hardrive - it will clear everything, including all partitions that have been installed.
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A:Keeps wiping out partitions

are the jumpers on the harddrive set properly

as in
is the harddrive on the same cable as the cd rom and the harddrive set as master
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A:Wiping Toshiba

Hi and welcome to TSF did you try the steps outlined here Reset My Toshiba Satellite A305-S6858 Laptop To Factory Settings? PLZ HELP.. 10 Points Best Answer!? - Yahoo! Answers
you might try booting from usb Kevin’s Blog
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Hi, so I know when I delite files the space is marked as free, but the files are actually not still removed.

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I am transferring my home computer to my business and want to wipe out all but a few programs. I do not want internet access or anything else but the 7 programs intended to be used in the new location. I do not want even traces of unwanted programs etc.

A:Wiping out all but a few programs

Hi fellow dog,

The safest way is to use the Control
Panel's Add/Remove Programs. Some
programs can be removed "by hand",
using Search, etc. Depends on what
you are running.

Finally, search thru the registry to
kill the references of programs you no
longer have on the machine...carefully.
Hope that helps.....
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I cant seem to wipe my google history from my start page in firefox.
I have ran both Evidnece Elim (which i know is not compat)
and newly 'Windows & internet cleaner pro'

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I had been using EE, but as it doesnt support firefox i have had to try something else. Ideally, i would like something easy to use that would be as effective and thorough as EE only wiping firefox too!
ANy suggestions?

A:wiping probs


Originally Posted by fooddestroyer

I cant seem to wipe my google history from my start page in firefox.
I have ran both Evidnece Elim (which i know is not compat)
and newly 'Windows & internet cleaner pro'

SO, when i go to google on my home page, it still show my previous searches that i typed in.

I had been using EE, but as it doesnt support firefox i have had to try something else. Ideally, i would like something easy to use that would be as effective and thorough as EE only wiping firefox too!
ANy suggestions?

I've never used the Google Start Page in Firefox, I've always preferred multiple search engine choice, as in FF's search bar. More recently though I've turned to the Groowebar. It sits in it's own toolbar but when you change engines the new choice brings it's own unique toolbar options onto the toolbar. Take a look, it's really very good.

Usually in Firefox you can delete individual search entries by placing the cursor over the item to be deleted and then press shift+delete.

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Thanks ahead of time

A:Wiping Out Windows?

Well, the only reason I do reinstalls of when I run into a problem (file system corrupt or something like that) where I just feel like I don't want to take the time try this and that.

Other than that, I leave it alone because it works well for me.

What problems do you think your XP has that require a clean install?

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A:Wiping windows 8

You will probably be best extracting the contents of windows install media onto a partition, then booting that up to format and install. If that is what you are trying to do ?

Not clear if you are using efi or bios ?
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A:Wiping put/rebooting


Originally Posted by vicky_soto

. . I want to reboot my system and completely wipe out my computer. .

Do you want to re-install Vista or are you looking for a way to re-gain access to your system?


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A:Wiping a HDD and reinstalling

There is no need in such programs unless you are extremely paranoid.

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A:Wiping a harddrive...

boot from the vista dvd and format and install
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Thank you in advance guys.

A:Help with Backing Up and Wiping HDD

If that is all they are doing, why the need for a backup?

In any case, making an image of the hard drive so that your entire system can be restored in the case of even complete hard drive failure is the best idea. Do you have an external drive?

An image backs up everything, Windows, programs, personal files, everything.

Free system imaging/backup software:

O&O Disk Image Express
Comodo Time Machine
Macrium Reflect (Free)
Paragon Backup & Recovery
Drive Image XML
PING (Partimage is not Ghost)
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A:Help in wiping and installing xp

and welcome to the Forum

I would first run diagnostics on the hard drive

See this for how to make a bootable cd

If the drive passes diagnostics, I would test the memory. . . click on the link to Memtest in my signature . . let it run on one stick at a time overnite or until it starts reporting errors

How to burn an ISO file:
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A:Disk wiping

You could boot from the installation media and follow setup through until you reach the option to format the available hard drives.
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I can't say with any certainty there'd be any noticeable difference whether you "wiped" an SSD before installing an OS, or just allowed the OS to format the SSD and install itself on that partition.

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A:Wiping/re-installing A Difficult Job?

Hi MickinPlymouthUK, No, it is not that difficult, it can be time consuming depending on how much of your files you have backed up and the size of the hdd. I have Wipe Drive and it take about six hours to wipe my 200GB hdd, no problem, I get it started and go to bed, get up in the morning and it's ready to go. Reinstalling the OS takes about an hour, and then it's about reinstalling the drivers for your peripheral devices and reinstalling your programs and files. If you have your files backed up on another hdd, CD, or DVD this can go quickly, I hope you get the impression that I'm pushing backing up your files.One thing I would suggest is to make a separate partition on the hdd to install the OS and its' updates and use the second partition for your other files. This way if you need to reinstall the OS you can reformat that partition and not have to worry about the rest of you files.As I said previously, I like Wipe Drive, but it is not free, and as it turns out their free trial only will wipe 25% of the hdd, but I have heard about good results with Killdisk.If you have the installation CD with the product code, have wiped the hdd, have your backed up files and driver CDs you're ready to go. One last step, you will need to go into the BIOS and make you CD-ROM the first device in the boot order, this will allow you to boot from the CD that you will make of Killdisk and you OS CD.
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However, I might have some sort of virus or a nasty program that might survive the formatting and clearing of the hard drive.

My questions are:

1. Is there a way I can run some scans to find out how much time I need to spend on wiping the hard drive?

2. How would I completely wipe the hard drive so that I am not taking any risks of any harmful programs staying on the hard drive?

A:Help with wiping hard drive!

You might state which security you had installed,
Also what issues were occurring ?
Newly built could be hardware related ?
See the link above my signature to fill in your system spec's page if you haven't I forgot to check

As far as free scanners go these are about the best I recommend,
Review Jacee?s instructions to run Adwcleaner here post #7,
Ignore the title of the thread,
Instant Savings App
Screen shot of the download button to use for Adwcleaner
You can use these free tools to see if they find anything,
Manually Update them before running full scans,
Try not to use your computer while the scans are running, (one at a time of course).
Uncheck the box to Activate the Free trial from the final install options,
This one is the longest up to 4 hours, the others are only about 45 minutes,
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I have read that a recovery disk will not work, is this true?



A:Wiping hardrive help!URGENT.Thank you.

Dban will wipe it all, clean as a whistle, no OS nothing left for the eye to see.

There are secure erase proggies out there but you will have to erase each group of files in a folder, so this may take some time. that is the only way i can think of that will keep your OS intact
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What is the best way to wipe out and reformat my hard drive? I am using XP Pro.

Thank you!

A:Wiping out hard drive


While a normal format will get things going for you, I always for a new format recommend the Dban program HERE for best results. Be very careful you don't erase some other disk on your computer, so it might be a good idea if you have hard drives you don't want to erase, that you disconnect them.

If on the other hand, you want to do a simple (not as comprehensive) format, just put your OS disk in the CDRom, boot up and it will prompt you to format and load the OS. Don't forget to load SP2 (some OS disks have it already in there) and your chipset drivers when done along with other drivers you might need.

Post back with questions/concerns.
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I use CCleaner Professional.

I need to clean my free space and was wondering what is the best type of wipe to use (3 pass, 7 pass). I don't need to go the nuclear route, just that I would have personal data that I would not want anybody to be able to retrieve.

Secondly, I have a question regarding safe deletion of files, when Recycle bin is used.

If I have a drive that is encrypted (let's say drive K:) and if I delete a file, and then empty the Recycle Bin, does that file move outside of the encrypted drive (K:) and therefore become recoverable.


A:Wiping free space

Three passes with CCleaner will take care of the wipe for you. That's the amount I did on my system.

What encryption program do you use?
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Thank you in advance for any help.


A:Is boot and nuke ok for wiping

Hi heather and welcome to the forums .

If you want to format your hard drive before a reinstall why not do during your Vista installation?

When you are given the list of drives/partitions to install the OS onto just pick the appropriate partition and format it using the button below the table.

This is the easiest way to format a drive for a reinstall.

Remember when reinstalling to have all your data backed up.

In answer to your question: as long as all your important stuff's backed up it's safe to format.

You may consider running a disk check before your reformat but it isn't strictly neccesairy. (Check Disk - chkdsk)

If you have questions or need help just ask.

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Thanks in advance.

A:Stereo Mix went missing after wiping HDD

Hi welcome to Vista Forums. Sorry to hear about your problems.
I think maybe one thing worth checking out is by ringing or calling in on the guy/company that did your reparation.
Just for them to specify exactly what they did?
Plus a little more info on your specs would be good. The more info we have the better

 What is the Make & Model Number of Your Computer?
E.g. Dell 1545 Laptop,……… HP SR5019UK PC……………

You may find quite a bit of useful information contained in the articles of this link, and sub-links.
Desktop Boards — Troubleshooting audio issues

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Thank you.
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A:Wiping computer memory's the hard drive that you wipe, not the memory. The memory is only temporary storage, while the hard drive is where all files, programs reside until called into the memory for activity.There are any number of alternatives, IMO.Although I've never used it, I believe the following is one of the best for such, Darik's Boot And Nuke Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing -
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A:Wiping Hard Drive

exactly what computer do you have? Unless you messed with the partition, you may be able to go to factory setting with the press of a key. At startup, does your computer say anything about pressing some key for recovery? If not, and if you do not have an original startup disk, then you need to contact the computer manufacturer and purchase one.

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Is wiping a hard drive with ones and zeros the same as formatting a hard drive?
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A:Trouble Wiping an SD Card

I have never did a sd card but if it's like anything else right click, go to properties and make sure read only isn't checked. Try it and let me know so I can learn a little.
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A:Wiping the hard drive

Could a moderator please close this thread.

After talking to a friend it seemed that a reinstall would be easiest so I'm going to go to that route.

Thanks to everyone on this board for sharing their knowledge - now that I know they exist I'll hopefully be able to keep my computer from getting sick again.
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A:Wiping a Virus Clean

Hello and welcome to TSF.

HijackThis is no longer the preferred initial analysis tool in this forum.

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link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

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A:Wiping free space

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A:Wiping a drive clean

I always used to 'debug' the HDD to wipe it clean and thereafter reformat/reinstall.
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A:Wiping it over and over and still coming back...HELP

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A:Wiping Entire System

Just to confirm, do you want to completely wipe the drive so that you will have to re-install the operating system again?
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CCleaner has a drive wiping utility, I would use something like that just to be safe.
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Quote: Originally Posted by 2010MegaScooter

Hi, Question... Can I keep all my Music, Pictures, and videos well I wipe out the other things on my hard drive, I Have a compaq presario.. I know how.. Just wondering..

Perhaps. please upload a picture of you disk management so we know what we are dealing with.
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