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Windows 7: best way to wipe personal data from Hard drive wo deleting windows

17 Mar 2015   #1
macgig

Win 7 Pro, Mac OS Sierra
 
 
best way to wipe personal data from Hard drive wo deleting windows

Im told a program called recuva can wipe the files. and ccleaner can wipe free space. is their something else I should be doing or using to remove personal data from the hard drive?

i've heard of dban but its a little complicated and I really dont want to remove windows and have to reinstall it. any tips are appreciated. :)


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17 Mar 2015   #2
oneextraid

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

CCleaner free version has an option to wipe free space. Delete personal files and run.

There is another program called eraser that will do the same thing.
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18 Mar 2015   #3
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

If your PC has a recovery partition you should be able to boot into recovery and this will reset the PC to an 'Out of the box state'.
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19 Mar 2015   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Why do you feel you need to wipe unused drive space? This is not really necessary. The only reasons to wipe a drive is to make data unrecoverable or clear boot code causing installation problems.
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19 Mar 2015   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Another option for you:
- native Windows command
- no 3rd party tools required
- run from within Windows

Cipher Command - Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows
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20 Mar 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Great tutorial Golden!
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20 Mar 2015   #7
macgig

Win 7 Pro, Mac OS Sierra
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why do you feel you need to wipe unused drive space? This is not really necessary. The only reasons to wipe a drive is to make data unrecoverable or clear boot code causing installation problems.

making data unrecoverable is what im after. im going to sell the pc or give it away.
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20 Mar 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Here is a tutorial by Kari that should meet your needs.

Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold
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20 Mar 2015   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Here is a tutorial by Kari that should meet your needs.

Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold
^Thats the best tutorial if you intended getting rid of the system
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