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How to tell if file erasers and hard disk wipers really work

by jjssynapse / April 8, 2006 7:23 AM PDT

I have used three different file erasers. I like the way Mutilate File Wiper works but it takes less than half the time to wipe a file 3 times than Window Washers. Sneaky Clean claims to do the best and is quite expensive. What can you contribute to comparisons and the question of how to tell that they have really done the job?

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To what end?

Maybe if you give some details as to why you need such aggressive file deletion we could better assist.

You should also be able to find a couple of freeware programs with a search engine that meet military spec in terms of file deletion.

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Reply from **** Jurg re: file wipers
by jjssynapse / May 5, 2006 4:09 AM PDT
In reply to: To what end?

I get free used computers after volunteering to help others move data from their old computer to a different one. Then I clean the old one and sometimes upgrade it with used parts. NextI might give it to a third party to learn how to use a computer. It's a hobby of mine, and I don't reach out beyond friends and family, but I still wonder if, after cleaning the registry and wiping out data files and overwriting blank space on the drive, what might be left. I haven't come across a file wiper that I know of that indicates that it meets government standards.
Thanks for help.

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Eraser
by Themisive / May 5, 2006 5:42 AM PDT

I get it, yes I have one it's free and meets US DoD specs, overwriting up to 35 times in 1's an 0's, you can donwnload it from http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/, if you can't get it, contact me direct, as I have it already, it's a 2.68Mb Wizip file though, I can send it as an attachment, though I do know that some browsers put an upper limit on attachemnts; mine does, but it's 10Mb!

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You keep saying "file wiper".
by chuckieu / May 5, 2006 6:21 AM PDT

That is what is throwing me/us. In this thype of situation, I wipe the whole disc. A lot of people here use Killdisc. I have used Dban for years on both Windows and Linux machines, and now there is a Mac version. It
works and has 5-6 government grade wipe programs. chuck
http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/

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