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Totally erase harddisk

by micro_xii / May 10, 2008 3:22 PM PDT


I have a formatted hdd and I install it with win xp. My question is, why is't my files still exist there after I format my hdd. I use recovery file software. Is there a way to totally destroy my files in hdd


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Not sure what you are saying.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 10, 2008 6:54 PM PDT
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You asked, "why is't my files still exist there after I format my hdd". I'm not sure what that is't means.

If you mean why your files do not exist after formatting, then that is proper. It may be that files still exist, but the important header information for each file will have been deleted, so the files cannot be accessed.

You then said you use recovery software. Again, that would appear normal. If you have formatted your hard disk then find you need to recover some files, then that is when recovery software comes in. It will attempt to rebuild the header part for each file, but the results can be patchy.

Is there a way to totally destroy the files on your hard disk? Yes. How you do it depends on how secure you want to be. The securest way is to physically remove the disk and smash it up into little pieces.

If you want to preserve the hard disk whilst destroying all data on it, look up utilities like DBAN or Killdisk on Google.

If none of this answers your question, please re-state it.


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by sorrow32 / June 4, 2008 8:30 PM PDT

This is due to the fact that deleting ordinary files or reformatting does not automatically get rid of the data stored in files from the hard disk. A marker or tag is only placed on the deleted files that gets rids of them from directory listing and provides available space for later use. Physically, the data is still on the disk unless it is overwritten. to overcome this situation you should use stellar phoenix <a href="">drive wipe</a> software which totally erase your HDD and overwrite the data..

Hope this helps..

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Re: Totally erase harddisk
by Kadooronron / July 14, 2008 12:41 PM PDT
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There's info on this subject and how to effectively eradicate files from a hard drive at

Hope this helps.

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