zipper erase windows?

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  1. dia_cero2002

    dia_cero2002 New Member

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    I have a drive that I've been using in my pc for quite a while. I just upgraded to a larger sata drive. My friend has been asking me to get him a new drive for his directivo series 2 for a while. So, I decided to just give him my drive that I was using in my pc and use the zipper to load the software to that drive. My question is this: I have documents and info on that drive that I don't want him to see. I would just connect it to my pc and use the pc to reformat the drive, but I already installed a sata drive and when I connect the old ide drive, vista doesn't recognize it so I can't check if the info is gone or not. If I use the zipper on the drive to just restore the stock image(no hacks), will it overwrite/delete the documents and info that I don't want anyone to see? Thanks.
     
  2. SHAPPPY

    SHAPPPY New Member

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    It might be able but it would cost a lot of$,s for him or have some one else do it "thousands"
     
  3. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    Or free with any number of tools found on the internet. After purchasing a few TB's of disk space, I went through my old drives (failed or otherwise), and was able to restore most of my data that I thought was gone forever.

    I don't have any information to the OP's question though.
     
  4. ss_sea_ya

    ss_sea_ya New Member

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    Run the mfr diagnostics on it from a boot disk.
     
  5. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

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    I'd recommend just zeroing the drive. At that point, recovery of your data would be very expensive (several thousands of dollarx). If it's worth that much to him, he can buy a lot of hard drives for that cash and you can keep your old one.

    Most manufacturers have utilities that will initialize/zero the disk. Zero the entire thing.
     
  6. hdog

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  7. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    As Worf suggested, zero out the drive. You can run the manufacturer's diagnostic software and perform a low level format or search the web and find a freeware utility. I found one on hddguru.com that seems to work pretty well.
     

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