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permenantly deleting files

by confuzed / April 6, 2004 1:10 AM PDT

I'm considering donating my computer and I heard that some things can still be on your computer after you delete them. Does anyone know how I can permenantly delete things to protect any personal information?

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Re:permenantly deleting files
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2004 1:21 AM PDT

1. Deleting a file only deletes the file's entry in the directory and not the content of the file. Read about WINHEX which from memory will write zeros or patterns to such space.

2. If it's in a file that you don't know about, then that's an issue...

3. Many donate machines with some OS installed, but fail to supply the OS and its license. This can be a confounding problem to the recipient. "Do I have a license to this OS? or not?"

Maybe you should just zero fill the drive, install some Linux on it so they can see it boots?


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Re:permenantly deleting files
by Bob__B / April 6, 2004 6:57 AM PDT

Does anyone know how I can permenantly delete things to protect any personal information?

If your talking about a novice a simple delete of the file will work fine.

If your talking about a pro then take the hd out an destroy it.

A step in the middle is to format and reload the OS this will just make a pro work a little harder.

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format c: /select/u
by pfeffer3 / April 6, 2004 10:26 AM PDT

Supposedly, this code will destroy a HDD.

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