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Windows 7: Complete Clean of Hard drive

15 Mar 2013   #11
Golden
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16 Mar 2013   #12
Dallas 7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post

Also CCleaner has a disk wipe utility too. Lotsa ways to do it.
That's what I use. I think CCleaner is as good as any.

http://www.piriform.com/docs/ccleane...ree-disk-space

I just delete all data then let CCleaner bury it permanently.
It'll overwrite with 1, 3, 7, or up to 35 passes.
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16 Mar 2013   #13
Britton30
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As an added bit of assurance read Section 2.2 in this lengthy, technical article.

http://www.fsl.cs.sunysb.edu/docs/secdel/secdel.pdf
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17 Mar 2013   #14
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for that Gary, interesting (on the third read, though).
To go back I neede software that would wipe the entire C drive. OS as well as data so the Darik's Nuke was my choice. Have to say it worked very well. I went through the process and then hitched the HD to another computer a tried a Recuver on it. Nothing found!! Very impressive. So this for now will be my preferred software. I feel quite happy about re assuring the donors of the used PC's that their security will not be compromised. I tested this on an old XP machine that was full of rubbish anyway. As an exercise I first ran Macrium Reflect to make a backup of the whole C drive. After the successful clean with Nuke I restored via the Macrium backup. All went well! I then cleaned the drive again and downloaded the ISO for XP so that I could do a clean install. All completed successfully apart from the fact that I thought part of the HD had been lost as it was only showing 39GB of space. Then I realised it was only a 40GB HD anyway, that's how old it is but it is working fine and will help someone get strted I'm sure. So all in all a successful venture so far.
Many thanks for all the help and suggestions!
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17 Mar 2013   #15
Britton30
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John, only 3 reads?

The article is a big stinkerthinker, that's for sure.
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17 Mar 2013   #16
Golden
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17 Mar 2013   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Aside from Government agencies I bet you have "nuked" the HDDs beyond recovery. But if you wanted a final check I wouldn't just check with Recuva but also a RAW file recovery program. PhotoRec is the only free one I have (does more than photo files).
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18 Mar 2013   #18
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Aside from Government agencies I bet you have "nuked" the HDDs beyond recovery. But if you wanted a final check I wouldn't just check with Recuva but also a RAW file recovery program. PhotoRec is the only free one I have (does more than photo files).
Thanks I will give the Photo Rec a go on the next Nuking job, likely to be later this week!
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