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How to Slick a Hard Drive

Updated April 17, 2017

Slicking your hard drive refers to the process of smoothing out the magnetic information currently stored to the tape on the drive, erasing the drive's contents to prepare it for disposal or reinstallation of the main operating system. Accomplish this by utilising the formatting tools in your computer's operating system, smoothing out the contents of the drive in around 30 minutes or less.

Insert the boot disk into the computer.

Restart the computer. Press any key when prompted to boot from disk into DOS.

Type "format x:" at the prompt and press "Enter." Replace "x" with the letter of the drive being erased.

Press "Y" to confirm the erasure.

Things You'll Need

  • DOS boot disk
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TS Jordan is an Ohio licensed attorney living and practicing out of the Cleveland area. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds a Bachelors' Degree in Information Systems. He has been writing professionally for less than a year.