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Wiping A Hard Drive
 
# 1 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 13:23
 
 
Hi,

Does anyone know the best FREE software tool for wiping a hard drive, and can you wipe all data but leave Windows (& programs) intact?

Thanks.
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# 2 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 13:27
 
 
I'm not sure that's possible?
Would it not be easier to just delete whatever files/programs you don't want?
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# 3 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 13:32
 
 
You could reinstall Windows?
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# 4 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 13:35
 
 
Do a clean wipe and then reinstall windows from a windows migration backup / manual file backup.

Instructions for clean wipe :

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/52129-disk-clean-clean-all-d etc ...
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# 5 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 13:45
 
 
Someone said :
I'm not sure that's possible?
Would it not be easier to just delete whatever files/programs you don't want?

It is defo possible. When you delete files, the link to them is removed on your PC but the data is still there. I need to delete that data (confidentiality issues).
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# 6 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 13:58
 
 
Apart from re-installing windows you would need to get a program that does a better cleaning job that the windows remove software program, but i think you still have to tackle each program one at a time and you cant just delete everything but the OS in one swoop.
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# 7 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 16:01
 
 
shifty
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# 8 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 16:15
 
 
http://eraser.heidi.ie/ this will wipe the free space and leave windows and your other files in tact you can use this and then sell your computer on knowing your data is wiped fully its free also you can use paragon diskwiper that does same thing or scyberscrub a paid for version they do take a couple of hours depending on size of your drive i have an 80gb drive it takes three hours hope this helps you out
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# 9 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 16:17
 
 
sorry i ment cybersrub but you have to pay for it but eraser is free and does a good job
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# 10 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 16:23
 
 
Someone said :
It is defo possible. When you delete files, the link to them is removed on your PC but the data is still there. I need to delete that data (confidentiality issues).

Have you tried ccleaner? its available here

http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
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# 11 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 16:27
 
 
Someone said :
Apart from re-installing windows you would need to get a program that does a better cleaning job that the windows remove software program, but i think you still have to tackle each program one at a time and you cant just delete everything but the OS in one swoop.

Even if you do reinstall windows the files can still be restored with software, best way to do it is called a low level format of the hard drive this ensures you get rid of everything then reinstall windows after the low level format.
perhaps something like this might help if this is what you are looking to do,

http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low-Level-Format-Tool/

there is other low level formatting tools available just do a google on it.

Hope this helps.
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# 12 : Tuesday 5-6-2012 @ 23:47
 
 
I find a kleenex tissue wipes mine well.
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# 13 : Wednesday 6-6-2012 @ 05:56
 
 
X tree gold used to be able wipe drives in the 90's.
Z tree gold is one modern day replacement for it.
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