towy71 wrote:As far as I know the only way to be certain that your sensitive files are erased is to use dban, Windows has all sorts of nooks and crannies that your average user would never find
To reiterate, formatting the hard drive is the only secure way to ensure that your data is erased!
towy71 wrote:Stick ubuntu on the computer and then advertise it on freecycle or some such
ollie wrote:Or use dban and install "insert favourite distro"
nelz wrote:Or use dban and then reinstall Windows.
ollie wrote:I also have a freeware program called "wipedisk" that runs under DOS and securely erases hard disks. I started distributing this nearly a decade ago and it runs from a bootable floppy. If you want a copy just ask and I'll upload it somewhere to make it easy for anyone to download.
To use WipeDisk, type "wipedisk" and the enter key at the DOS prompt. The program will fill each sector with the user entered value once.
There are two switches for WipeDisk:
/secure = write zeros in each sector three times,
then write ones in each sector three times,
and finally write the user entered value in each sector.
/? = displays help text
For example: typing "wipedisk /secure" will securely wipe your disk
eliminating residual magnetic images.
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