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taffy078 Disk Management
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Some months ago, my desktop C: drive became damaged. Various checks (directions courtesy of Maurice) showed that it needed to be replaced.

PC World found an unused spare drive, which they used as my new C: drive, loading it back to its original OEM state. I then re-installed all my 'off the shelf' software.

The damaged C: drive is now my D: drive. It contains everything I had prior to the damage but many of the programs can't be accessed. They told me that I could use it for storage but I really don't need that much space - see below.

They also set up a partioned E: drive for the info that they recovered.

I have in total nearly 980,000 items so Full Scans takes a lot of time. (I've no idea how many of those are on my current C: drive. I've been unable to find out how to get that info.)

I have now reached the end of my recovery work, moving to my new C: drive those files that I need. I no longer need the rest of the old stuff.

A Secunia scan shows there is some vulnerable stuff on the D: drive.

Rather than go through it all & delete individual programs, it seems sensible to me that I simply wipe clean the D: and E: drives.

Assuming that I have explained my situation clearly - it is hard! - does my proposed solution make sense to you? Is there a quick way to do it? (When I got my first PC, someone suggested that I buy Ghost to make back-ups. I wiped my PC clean!)

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C: 160 GB capacity / 19GB used
D: 160 GB capacity / 38 GB used
E: 6 GB capacity / 4 GB used

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Member 13th Aug, 2010 13:52
Last edited on 13th Aug, 2010 13:54 Hi,

I can't comment on your solution, but..
If your objective is simply to wipe the disks, you can use Windows build-in "format" function. Note that this really destroy data, but simply removes the "links" to it. To properly delete a disk, you need a shredder.

Try having a look here: http://www.ehow.com/how_6026_format-hard-drive.htm...

hope this helps.

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Anthony Wells RE: Disk Management
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Last edited on 13th Aug, 2010 14:09
Hello taffy ,

If you websearch "how to wipe a hard drive" you will find too much info , and I'm sure members will advise you lots .

So here's a nice vidoe from PCWorld which will give you a quick run down of the basics :-

http://www.pcworld.com/article/157126/how_to_compl...

Take a lot of care

Anthony

PS : if you are just looking to clear space and security is not a problem , then delete or format may be all you need.

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Maurice Joyce RE: Disk Management
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If U do not require any of the data what is preventing U from formatting the drive?

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taffy078 RE: Disk Management
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Thank you, Emil, Anthony, Maurice.

I like the look of Secure Erase in the PCWorld video, Anthony; it seems fairly idiot-proof! But I'm not sure I could lift a16 lbs sledgehammer though. ;0)

So, if I simply format my D: & E: drives, will that remove those vulnerabilities?

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Maurice Joyce RE: Disk Management
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If U want to do that I will write a script for U?

I assume U know how to move files around using Windows Explorer?

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taffy078 RE: Disk Management
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Last edited on 13th Aug, 2010 22:00
on 13th Aug, 2010 21:07, Maurice Joyce wrote:
If U want to do that I will write a script for U?


yes please Maurice

on 13th Aug, 2010 21:07, Maurice Joyce wrote:
I assume U know how to move files around using Windows Explorer?

It's been a long hard day, Maurice. Please assume that I don't! That then will also help others! :0)

As ever, thank you.

PS Why do these kind of problems always occur on a Friday?

PPS It's only 10 C here at the moment. That might explain it!

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Maurice Joyce RE: Disk Management
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Last edited on 13th Aug, 2010 22:51
The D drive is clearly the damaged drive therefore U can format this drive.

Go to Start>My Computer> U will now see all your drives.

Right click the D drive & select FORMAT - without altering any of the settings click START.

The E Drive must be a partition - it is very small therefore best left that way & U can use it for your backup photographs for example.

To clear all the dross do this:

1.Empty the recycle bin.
2. Right click on the RECYCLE BIN & select properties>a box will appear. Change the settings as follows:
a. Click USE ONE SETTING FOR ALL DRIVES
b. Now tick the box DO NOT MOVE FILES TO THE RECYCLE BIN
c. Click CONFIGURE DRIVES INDEPENDENTLY
3.Click APPLY


4. RIGHT click on START>select EXPLORE
5. Scroll down the LEFT pane and click on the E DRIVE.
6. This should have exposed all the files & folders on that drive.
7. On the top line click on EDIT> from the drop down box select SELECT ALL. All the items in the RIGHT hand pane should be highlighted in blue.
8.Using the scrolling bar scroll down until U can see the RECYCLE BIN.
9.HOVER your cursor over any of the blue highlighted items in the RIGHT pane & then PRESS & HOLD the LEFT MOUSE button.
10. Keeping the LEFT button pressed DRAG all the items to the RECYCLE BIN.

11.The RECYCLE BIN will be highlighted once your cursor is on it. Now RELEASE the mouse button.
12.It will now move the files & folders & delete them. Once complete the RIGHT pane should be EMPTY.
13.Now click on the RECYCLE BIN in the LEFT pane - that should be empty too.

14.If U want to put your RECYCLE BIN back to the DEFAULT setting REVERSE ITEM 2.

Job should be complete.



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taffy078 RE: Disk Management
Contributor 14th Aug, 2010 08:35
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Many thanks guys. Maurice - as you said: "job complete"! :0)

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