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hard drive cleaner?
    #2399223 - 03/03/04 05:27 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)

i use a shredder now to delete sensitive files, but i've deleted things things in the past without doing anything special. is there a program that can write over any empty space on my disk and permanently erase anything i've already erased like a shredder would do?


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: ]
    #2399245 - 03/03/04 05:33 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)

low level format? It writes the entire space of the hard drive with just 0 or 1. Find out the manufacturer and they should have a program that will do it. I'm sure there are other programs out there you can find also.


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: daussaulit]
    #2399310 - 03/03/04 05:48 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)

i don't want to delete everything. i just want to make it so that everything i've already deleted in the past is really gone.


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: ]
    #2399341 - 03/03/04 05:56 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)

Norton has a Wipe Info. There's also Eraser, which is great and will erase and re-write over your free space as many times as you want it to It also adds an "erase" option to the right click windows explorer menu. It also has a scheduler so it will wipe free space by itself.


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #2399347 - 03/03/04 05:57 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)

eraser?


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: ]
    #2399375 - 03/03/04 06:01 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)



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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: daussaulit]
    #2399573 - 03/03/04 06:54 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)

You can't do a low-level format on today's drives. They are done once and once only: at the factory.

As for deleting files: I think the industry standard is to write 1's then 0's over the area of the drive a total of 30 times in a row. That should get rid of any remaining magnetics.

PGP has a utility in it that allows you to do this.


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: ]
    #2399754 - 03/03/04 07:41 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)

I've used BCWipe for some time now, and it's a pretty good erasing utility. It meets all U.S. DOD standards. It's a shell extension and what it does is basically write random 0's and 1's over the file to be 'shredded' seven tmes, assuring its destruction. It can also do the same with the empty space on a HD.


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: trendal]
    #2400662 - 03/04/04 12:22 AM (13 years, 26 days ago)

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trendal said:
You can't do a low-level format on today's drives. They are done once and once only: at the factory.

As for deleting files: I think the industry standard is to write 1's then 0's over the area of the drive a total of 30 times in a row. That should get rid of any remaining magnetics.

PGP has a utility in it that allows you to do this.




30 is extreme
Law enforement can only recover some stuff after 5-7 writes. 8 is pretty much gaurnteed safe number


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: ]
    #2400813 - 03/04/04 01:12 AM (13 years, 26 days ago)

partition magic works great.


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: ]
    #2401059 - 03/04/04 02:54 AM (13 years, 26 days ago)

Ohhhhh, secureclean 4. Its a good program, it'll write over your free space and overwrite files up to 12 times. It claims that even with just one overwrite, its impossible to recover it. You can also scan your drive for recoverable items.


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: ]
    #2402015 - 03/04/04 11:58 AM (13 years, 25 days ago)

CyberScrub will wipe the "empty space" of your HD.


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Re: hard drive cleaner? [Re: ]
    #2402890 - 03/04/04 03:38 PM (13 years, 25 days ago)

thanks everyone.


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