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Windows 7: what is the best WAY to clean a DISC???

16 May 2010   #11
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

I am using a program called P-Magic which is cool to use All in one tool

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Steve


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16 May 2010   #12
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Speaking of hard drives, it also depends if by "clean" the op means securely (destructively) erase so that the original data cannot thereafter be recovered by any means. If that is what the OP meant by "clean" then there are several utilities that will perform this operation with varying degrees of user selectable thoroughness. I bet there are some free utilities that can do this but off the top of my head, the ones that come to mind are the "file/disk shredder" utility in "Acronis True Image Home" (under disk utilities) and a similar function residing in an app called "Tuneup Utilities 2010."
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16 May 2010   #13
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
Speaking of hard drives, it also depends if by "clean" the op means securely (destructively) erase so that the original data cannot thereafter be recovered by any means. If that is what the OP meant by "clean" then there are several utilities that will perform this operation with varying degrees of user selectable thoroughness. I bet there are some free utilities that can do this but off the top of my head, the ones that come to mind are the "file/disk shredder" utility in "Acronis True Image Home" (under disk utilities) and a similar function residing in an app called "Tuneup Utilities 2010."
DBAN is the one I have used, quite successfully.

~Lordbob
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16 May 2010   #14
Krispy1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

to physically clean a cd or dvd media like mentioned just water and some rubbing alcohol mixed is fine not much is needed

for the removal of data and getting a fresh start on a hard drive dban works great. may take long but securely erases and makes the drive like new
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16 May 2010   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
Speaking of hard drives, it also depends if by "clean" the op means securely (destructively) erase so that the original data cannot thereafter be recovered by any means. If that is what the OP meant by "clean" then there are several utilities that will perform this operation with varying degrees of user selectable thoroughness. I bet there are some free utilities that can do this but off the top of my head, the ones that come to mind are the "file/disk shredder" utility in "Acronis True Image Home" (under disk utilities) and a similar function residing in an app called "Tuneup Utilities 2010."
I agree. "Cleaning" a drive has many interpretations. The "thoroughness" of the clean is a big factor. Some people want a clean that even a german Hausfrau would approve of whereas others are quite content with a simple overwrite of the existing files.

The Hausfrau comment is meant to be highly complimentary.
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17 May 2010   #16
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

He said "disc" not disk. Gosh, I hope he doesn't take his HDD apart and wash it in alcohol.
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17 May 2010   #17
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HMonk View Post
He said "disc" not disk. Gosh, I hope he doesn't take his HDD apart and wash it in alcohol.

I think there is another Thread about alcohol & computers not mixing

Beer and PC's do not mix...
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17 May 2010   #18
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
Speaking of hard drives, it also depends if by "clean" the op means securely (destructively) erase so that the original data cannot thereafter be recovered by any means. If that is what the OP meant by "clean" then there are several utilities that will perform this operation with varying degrees of user selectable thoroughness. I bet there are some free utilities that can do this but off the top of my head, the ones that come to mind are the "file/disk shredder" utility in "Acronis True Image Home" (under disk utilities) and a similar function residing in an app called "Tuneup Utilities 2010."
DBAN is the one I have used, quite successfully.

~Lordbob
DBAN sounds good if one wants to wipe the entire drive (and thanks for the recommendation), however, it should also be noted that these other utilities I mentioned above have the added advantage that they can be used to selectively wipe specific folders (optionally including sub-folders) or files rather than only the entire drive. This can be very handy if one only needs to securely erase, say a particular user account and perhaps wants to keep the machines on disk recovery software operational, so that immediately after one has securely erased only the sensitive data residing on the drive, (which likely would also be faster than wiping the entire drive), one can then recover the computer for sale or return. I have found this particular sequence of operations to be very convenient on several occasions recently where I wanted to get the erasing done quickly and return a machine with the factory load installed and didn't want to have to burn the recovery disks.
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17 May 2010   #19
Krispy1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HMonk View Post
He said "disc" not disk. Gosh, I hope he doesn't take his HDD apart and wash it in alcohol.

why not?? at least hell get a free coaster out of it
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17 May 2010   #20
kucing13

 

and the thread starter missing in action
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