Wipe Your Drive

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 Oct. 2005 / Last Updated on 12 Oct. 2005]

Hard drives should be wiped clean before disposing of them.

Hard drives should be wiped clean before disposing of them. While there are lots of third-party tools available for doing this, Windows XP actually includes a tool as good as any of them: the cipher /w command. And if that's not enough, slice your hard drives in half with a band saw to make sure!

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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