I met a drive upon the stair, my programs think it isn't there
December 27, 2011 9:39 AM Subscribe
How to manually clean a failing hard drive before a return when I can't run any cleanup utilities?
posted by L'Estrange Fruit to computers & internet (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My desktop hard drive is in its death throes, and a technician will be coming by in a few days to swap in a replacement (hurrah for warranties!).
The failure affects its ability to run windows explorer and programs, so I can't run any kind of cleanup utility, but I am sometimes able to move and delete files and uninstall programs once I've played with it a bit.
I've already gotten my personal files off it, what else should I do to make sure the old drive is reasonably privacy-neutral before handing it back? Assume that I might not be able to run browsers to delete my history, for example.
Dell PC, Windows 7/64.