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Post by belchingmatt » Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:17 am

It's getting to the point that we send out GBs of data on HDDs on a very regular basis. What I'm looking for is an application that will properly overwrite and remove all traces of previous data from a drive before we send it out again.



I've seen the topic mentioned many times before but don't remember what the process is called. Any suggestions of a free app that I can use for this?



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Post by JJW009 » Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:29 pm

There are many of them. Microsoft give you a couple, this being the first I found:



http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysint ... elete.mspx



That can overwrite all free space using the -z switch, or you can select folfers or files to erase.



There are also products that run from a Linux boot CD if you need to totally wipe everything off a PC which doesn't have Windows on.




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Post by Freebo » Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:20 pm

A prog called eraser.



It delete's, fills and deletes 35 times over whatever you erase. i know to fully get rid of it it takes 90+ but 35 should be enough <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://i2.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->



http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/download.php



You can also run it on current HDD's and just 'erase' unused data, it can speed your pc up or rather HDD seek times.




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Post by belchingmatt » Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:08 am

Thanks for the tips. I'm having a play with Eraser now and it looks very easy to use. I think the main thing to consider is to not delete the files you want to erase beforehand as then you will need to do a pass over all of the empty space on the drive. Cheers boss. <!--emo&:rolleyes:--><img src='http://i2.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/rolleyes.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='rolleyes.gif' /><!--endemo-->



Think I'll move this to the freeware forum and re-title it.




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