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cottonball

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Hello folks. Have not been in any forums for quite a while...do not have what it takes any longer, brain is fried, and some health issues.

Would apprecate some help, though.
;)

Have a couple of old PCs with Windows 8 that I wish to donate, and would like to write zeros to the entire HDD. Saw an article with AOMEI that looked simple enough, but, would like to know a little more.

Is it possible for me to install the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard right on the drive that I am going to zero out, or do I need to downloaded to a USB drive and run it from there?

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
 

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A Guy

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Hello, sorry you are having health issues :( You'd need to create a bootable media with the program first



Good luck

A Guy
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello cotton,

I'm sorry to hear about your health issues, and hope they improve.

If you like, you can also use the "Clean All" command in a command prompt at boot in the tutorial below to wipe and secure erase the HDD.

 

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cottonball

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Thank you for the well wishes, A Guy and Brink. The ol' gray mare ain't what it used to be, it now feels like a deer staring at headlights. Please do not assume that all this info will 'sink in'. I am trying to do something rather simple without creating bootable media, if possible.

The "Clean All" command in a command prompt at boot sounds like a good option since every sector on the disk is zeroed, but, I no longer had a clue as to how to go into a command prompt at boot. I did get there using some of your tutorials, and the Advanced Options Menu (I think)!

The screen now shows a command prompt with Administrator: X:/windows/system32/cmd.exe, and proceeded to input:

diskpart > list disk >select disk # > clean all

Currently the screen shows a command prompt with DISKPART> clean all, and a dash is blinking under the entry.

Hopefully that is it. The drive has 232GB, so, it should take less than an hour to finish. Will let you know how it goes...

Also, would you be kind enough to give me some idea of what would need to be done to this hard drive if Windows 7 or 8 were to be installed on it? I no longer have the installation CD, if I do, have not been able to find it. There is a Product Key sticker on the side of this Asus EEE PC.

Thanks a million, your assistance is appreciated beyond words!!

CB
 

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Brink

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mvp
I'm glad we could help CB. :)

It sounds like you got it in the process of wiping the drive. It will take a while to finish.
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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