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Disposal of 3-4 Older Desktops and Monitors

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows' started by BGBG, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. BGBG

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    I know I have posted a few questions about this in the past. I have now decided to dispose of 3 Windows 98/98SE desktop computers and monitors that are old and no longer used. I have nothing I consider national secrets, damaging personal info, or anything I would fear retrieval of by others. So I think extreme measures like smashing up with sledgehammers and throwing hard drives in ocean after burning and smashing them is unnecessary. I feel like simply copying the files and folder like My Documents to an external hard drive then formatting and wiping the drives clean would be enough, and maybe saving any program installs that I like and would work with later OS. It has been a long time since even turned these on but they do work as far as I know. Just outdated and have 3 laptops now with XP, 7, and 10. So do not ever use the desktops. I know there are postings of software to wipe clean the hard drives but am unfamiliar with these and how to use them. I was hoping someone could suggest some free programs that are easy to learn and use that would format the hard drive of anything someone would retrieve short of an FBI investigation. I think wiping it clean would do then call the township electronics disposal company that picks up discarded equipment and arrange pickup. If someone has any better ideas I would like to hear them also.
    Otherwise I need to know a simple program to erase hard drive on windows 98 or 98SE desktops after I copy and/or delete what I do not need on them but want to save. Probably no one would want to buy them or have them for free although they probably do work, for they are old and outdated and used a lot since 1998. Can anyone help me with some suggestions? If so I would appreciate reading whatever anyone might suggest. Thank you.
     
  2. Rustys

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    Do the systems in question have CD drives?

    Most 95/98 systems can not boot to a USB.

    Do you have a USB to PATA connector?
     
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    All have CD drives and can use USB flash drives and external HDD but as to booting to USB I do no not know. Never tried it. Not sure what a PATA connector is or if i have one.
     
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    PATA (Parallel ATA) is what they use to call EIDE connections.

    It is a way to connects a hard drive from a computer to another computer via USB port. Basically you use it to make an internal drive into a USB drive.

    This is what I use so I can connect a drive to another computer. There are other ones that are less complicated to use.

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    No, I do not think I have one of these nor have I ever connected one computer to another. Have heard of EIDE though.
     
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    IDE would be the same as PATA.
     
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    PROBLEM: When I click this link it goes right to this screen and I do not know how to get to tutorial from there.See Attached File. I tried search and even if I click link and a tutorial appears it lasts only a second and is replaced by this screen. How do I get to the tutorial???????
     

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    The page loaded fine for me. The instructions require to download an ISO file and burn it to a CD or USB drive.
     
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    Just a side note ,is best to burn to CD rather than USB,otherwise if burn to USB will have to change the boot sequence...normally if burn to CD when start the computer with CD in the disc drive, the whole process will begin and in my experience could take a couple of hours...depending of course on the amount of data to be destroyed .
     
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    Good point in that it may be easier to boot to a CD with an older computer. However, once the program loads, it shouldn’t take any longer to erase the hard drive with either booting from a USB or CD.
     
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    Fully concur the ISO once burnt to either CD or USB is the same size and function.
     
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    FINALLY the DBAN page just now loaded. Just could not get it to load before. Do not know what was wrong but this time it LOADED.
     
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    OK that is good,now read carefully and take your time, may look somewhat complicated,but if follow the steps after download DBAN,is fairly simple if not sure how to burn the ISO (Which you now have doenloaded) post back and will take you through it...good luck!
     

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