How Do I Dump My Hard Drive?

by Chrys Lin

When you dump a hard drive, you are essentially erasing all the memory that is stored in it. This is also known as formatting the hard drive. Dumping a hard drive is a useful technique for computer users who want to reset their computers to the factory setting, get rid of certain viruses or simply clear some space on their machines to get them working faster. However, the way to dump hard drives varies for different systems, such as between PCs and Macintosh computers.

Insert the installation CD that came with your computer's operating system.

Restart the computer.

Look at the menu on the screen and select the button or option that allows you to start up from the CD.

Select the option on the following menu that allows you to erase the hard drive and reset the computer to factory settings.

Follow the instructions and select the options you desire.

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About the Author

Chrys Lin has been working professionally in journalism since 2003. Her work has appeared in publications in the United States and parts of Asia. She currently resides in Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism.

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