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Originally Posted by Marrk View Post
...I gather that there is no completely effective way to erase a hard drive and, therefore, no completely safe way to dispose of one, short of destroying it.
There are definitely ways to effectively & securely erase a hard drive.

The problems we're facing in this instance is we are dealing with an almost 20 year-old computer...which requires very old software...which may or may not still be obtainable.

Like I already mentioned in two previous posts:

1. This computer is only worth about $10-$15 bucks...so you shouldn't get all bent out of shape over the ability or inability to erase the HD (from a financial standpoint). You're not losing much $$$ if you don't want to sell this computer due to not being able to easily & securely erase the HD.
2. Remove the HD from the computer...and smash it with a sledgehammer.
3. You could simply fill the HD with a bunch of "garbage" data (fill the HD with unimportant info). This will overwrite anything currently on the HD.
4. Pass the HD near a very very strong magnet to erase (or jumble up) all data.

It's very possible that the program (Norton Utilities 2.0) "aftermac" suggested will be able to securely erase all data.

Good luck,

- Nick

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