Non-technical way to wipe the C Drive in XP Pro

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help and Support' started by Januaria, Dec 21, 2020.

  1. Januaria

    Januaria

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2020
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NYC
    Hi Peeps ~

    So I want to give away a 12-yr old Micro Express laptop that runs XP Pro. I've manually deleted all docs, pictures, etc., but my super limited understanding is that this manual deletion doesn't really actually delete the data. When I googled how to wipe the C drive (not some subsidiary partitioned drive), the online articles are very lengthy and get far more technical than my accountant's brain can absorb.

    Something, something download data erasure s/w to USB, followed by something, something additional s/w to read an ISO file. Each step seems to involve another step with another link to another site. It's like peeling the layers of an infinite cosmic onion.

    Are there are gearheads out there who have a reasonably non-ultra techie methodology for wiping the C Drive in less than 12 steps?

    Thanks in advance!

    ~ Januaria
     
    Januaria, Dec 21, 2020
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Januaria

    cornemuse

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    470
    Likes Received:
    169
    cornemuse, Dec 22, 2020
    #2
    trimis likes this.
    1. Advertisements

  3. Januaria

    ClippyBeer

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2019
    Messages:
    270
    Likes Received:
    183
    Location:
    At the pub
    If creating a bootable CD/DVD or USB is complicated then honestly the easiest method for wiping data from a hard drive for non-ultra techies is to find a techie friend who can do it for you.
     
    ClippyBeer, Dec 23, 2020
    #3
  4. Januaria

    Januaria

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2020
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NYC
    Hi Cornemuse ~

    Here's where my blood runs cold: "Overall, DBAN is a great program for advanced users but those who lack proper knowledge can do some serious damage so be careful."

    TY, I had already read a # of articles along these lines and concluded that I better stick with Excel & QB and acknowledge that technology is not one of my core competencies.

    Thank you again!
     
    Januaria, Dec 23, 2020
    #4
  5. Januaria

    Januaria

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2020
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NYC
    Hi Clippy ~

    Most of the articles are a bit more involved that creating bootable external media. Apparently ISO files are not your garden variety files and require special handling.

    I think your suggestion about getting a techie friend to wipe the drive is the best suggestion.
     
    Januaria, Dec 23, 2020
    #5
  6. Januaria

    Januaria

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2020
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NYC
    Hi All ~

    Just wanted to say that i took your advice, researched it, and downloaded and ran dBan. Took SIX hrs to wipe that old laptop, but now it's clean so it can be donated.

    TYVM!
     
    Januaria, Jan 13, 2021
    #6
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.