Erase a hard drive on a dead laptop
The other day, when you were tidying up your room and found a laptop, you may wonder what was in it, but you failed to boot the device, maybe you thought it is time to donate it instead of leaving it here. However, before the donation, it is necessary to check out what inside there in case of any sensitive information leaks.
Since the laptop cannot get power on and boot normally, we have the following steps to work out what is in it and erase the hard drive clean.
1. Disassemble the laptop
Before we start, we need to prepare screwdrivers and a brush. OK, use the screwdrivers to loosen the screws and remove the covers, there're always two of them and you can see the hard drive. Now remove two screws securing the hard drive and disconnect it from the motherboard. Take ThinkPad Edge E430 for example, the hard drive is here:
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2. Connect the old hard drive to a desktop
If your desktop is turned on, shut down it and open the mainframe case. Connect the laptop hard drive to it using a power cable and SATA cable, when it is done, boot the desktop normally. Worry about which disk to boot first? No need, when both disks contain operating system, BIOS will boot from the disk in SATA 0 port, so if SATA 0 port is the desktop disk, it will boot from it. Now open disk management and you'll see the laptop disk is in the list.
3. Erase the old hard drive
Since Windows has no default methods to erase the hard drive, but only delete and format functions to make data empty on the disk. We need to download third-party programs to erase the hard drive and follow steps below to perform:
1. Run ByebyeData Eraser and click Erase disk.
2. Click on the laptop disk. It will display as disk 1, (disk 0 is the desktop disk) if you don't other hard drives or removable drives connected.
3. And pick up a wiping standard from the list, for donation purpose, simple and advanced overwrite methods will be just fine. The more passes you choose, the more time it will cost.
4. Click Erase Now and confirm, Eraser will clean up the disk and you can have no worries to donate.