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Permanantly Delete Hard Drive Files

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jkov420, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. jkov420

    jkov420 Private E-2

    I plan on donating my laptop, but I read in PC World that even if I reformat, that people can still retreive deleted files. They suggested using software that overwrites the hard drive. My question is, what is the best software out there that I can use to insure that no one can retrieve my information?

  2. Mada_Milty

    Mada_Milty MajorGeek

    Chances are that nobody will recover your information anyway! Its is an expensive and time-consuming procedure to perform autopsy on a disk.

    Also, a format WILL overwrite data. (A non-quick format, that is. A quick format only deletes file indexes, leaving your files awaiting to be overwritten - ie. still recoverable).

    However, if you're still worried, you can use a drive cleaning utility like Active KillDisk to securely wipe your hard drive.

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