Another laptop question.

United States
April 24, 2009 12:09am CST
I feel like a bit of an idiot asking this question, but is reformatting and wiping your hard drive the same thing? And if not, what software is most recommended for wiping your drive of its contents?
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6 responses
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
24 Apr 09
Its okay, don't feel like that. We are not all knowledgeable about the things that we often encounter in our lives so you shouldn't feel down about being honest with what you don't know. Yeah, formatting and wiping your hard drive are the same.
• United States
24 Apr 09
Thanks. I feel like its a question I should know the answer to, but obviously I wasn't sure and didn't feel it hurt to ask. I appreciate your support and response.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
24 Apr 09
Your very much welcome (^_^ )
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@moondancer (7433)
• United States
24 Apr 09
yes, it is. I'm not sure which program is best for this. If you have an IBM there is a button you can push on your computer to take it back to the start. You are not an idiot, just uninformed on this matter, lol.
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• United States
24 Apr 09
It is actually an HP, but if it is a matter of reformatting, that I know how to do. LOL.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
24 Apr 09
yes reforming well wiped out everything in your hard drive.
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• United States
24 Apr 09
Thank you. I should have known the answer to this question.
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
24 Apr 09
Yes it is the same thing... But if your CD/DVD player is not working... you won't be able to re-load anything on it. Because all your applications are on CD.
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• United States
24 Apr 09
The internal CD/DVD is tempermental, but I have an external drive I hook up to it.
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
24 Apr 09
I have always termed reformatting to be when you erase everything, format the drive to FAT or NTFS (basically make it so you can put new files on)then put windows back on or other files on. when i wipe a drive i basically delete the partition and leave it. If I'm concerned about the data getting out i find a program to erase the data and over write it with something else unimportant. I cant remember the name of the program i liked really well a few months back (i wish i could cause i'd redownload it!)
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• United States
25 Apr 09
I wish you could remember the program too and then you could tell me about it. LOL.
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
it is the same and you do not need a software to do that because your computer cna do that for you, if you want to reformat your laptop.do not forget to do your back up before formatting your PC. and all it's drivers.it would be of good practice if you do back up every now and then on a separate hard drive.