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    I have a relatively new SONY computer here that I am going to wipe. I have wiped computers in the past - with some it seems that the drivers get wiped out while others it seems that the drivers are kept.

    How can I know beforehand if drivers will be wiped?

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    Well, IMHO, whenever you wipe a computer, nothing should remain on it. As I see it, there are two possibilities for drivers to "remain":
    - the wipe was not successful;
    - the drivers were embedded in the OS installations, so they were installed with the OS.
    Unless I'm mistaken, of course

    Sorin Solomon


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    • #3
      Re: Wipe

      If by "Wipe" you mean format, everything on the drive will go
      Some computers have a small partition with drivers etc. Others provide them on a CD or on the web.

      If I were you I would
      a) document all the hardware
      b) get the correct drivers on a CD or usb drive
      well before you "wipe" anything
      Tom Jones
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      • #4
        Re: Wipe

        Ok - thanks.

        Just to clarify, I used iolo DriveScrubber which meets DoD disk-sanitizing standards. Everything got erased from the computer. Either the disk I used to reinstall the OS had the drivers, or the drivers remained in a separate section of the computer system. What is typical on most newer machines?

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        • #5
          Re: Wipe

          From what you say, I think that the drivers are on the installation CD. From what I know about those hidden, manufacturer-made partitions, they keep a clean, out-of-the-factory image of the computer, that is to be used with a recovery CD that usually is shipped with the computer. I rarely saw drivers in there. Anyway, this partition is not supposed to be visible to the OS (it doesn't have a letter allocated).
          This said, the best thing you can do is to follow Ossian's advice (scan the hardware and get all the drivers up front).
          Good luck.

          Sorin Solomon


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