Re: Need help wiping out a laptop

David Ferrin

I have an external USB 3.5 floppy drive in the other room. Even these days it comes in handy once in a while.

I don't recall the brand or anything, but it does work on all of my systems.

-----Original Message-----
From: cheez
Sent: Sunday, October 14, 2018 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Need help wiping out a laptop

Matthew, you are dating yourself my friend. LOL.
3.5 floppies. I don't 'think you can get a drive for those things anymore,
can you?
I have a few floppies that I'd like to copy onto my hard drive, but I don't
know if external 3.5's exist.

Not to start an off topic here, but do you remember the
died-before-they-got-off-the-table 2.88 floppies?
Just like the Digital Cassettes they never stood a chance.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew Chao" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, October 14, 2018 5:30 AM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Need help wiping out a laptop

Hi, Jeff. DBAN can be obtained for free from (I think). Been a while since I downloaded a copy. Otherwise, Google it, and you should find it. You will need some sighted assistance at boot-up; you need to burn a CD and copy files to it, or use a floppy 3.5-inch. I did this with two computers I needed to dispose of, and even the operating system went away. Good stuff. Cleans according to military/DOD specs.--Matthew Chao

On 10/14/2018 2:47 AM, Audiobookfan wrote:
What is DBAN and where can one get it? I have a couple of old laptops that I want to retire and dispose of, but I want to be sure all personal data has been removed from them. Both laptops run Vista.

Can I accomplish this data cleansing without sighted assistance using JAWS?


On 10/13/2018 6:01 PM, Matthew Chao wrote:
Well, if you were wiping it out for disposal, DBAN would be the way to go.� But since you don't want to wipe out the operating system, it's more involved.� What exaqctly do you need to get rid of?--Matthew Chao

On 10/13/2018 8:45 PM, TheHangMan wrote:

Like the subject says, I need to set up this other laptop like some what new again and have it as a backup laptop.

Once, I install jaws the rest is no worries!

But, I�m not sure on how to completely wipe it out correctly cause jaws is not working?

I�m also trying to avoid a� trip to best buy geek squad.

Thank you


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