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Old 01-23-2006, 10:50 AM   #1
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Is there anyway that u can totally get rid of everything on your harddrive so it is impossible to recover? like so it is impossible to recover anything thats already been deleted?
ive tried SureDelete but its not very good. Anyone know of anything or other method better?
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:58 AM   #2
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Doesn't a reformat do just that? If not, I'm sure a large magnet would do the trick.
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:15 AM   #3
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no
even if u reformat the data is still able to be recovered
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:26 AM   #4
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a quick format will get files recovered yes...but if you do a full format, the hard drive will be filled with 0s to make it empty.

A cleansing is a ritual to take away spirits...so, unless your HDD is posessed, might as well format the drive, not cleanse it
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:27 AM   #5
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what do u need it for?
If it's just because u are selling the computer and/or the harddrive then a simple reformat would be enough. I don't think that many ppl have the skills to recover something from a formatted hdd. And unless the one u are selling it to knows that there is something that will be really usefull for him I doubt he will try to recover anything. If someone sells me a hdd I would not try to recover the data, simply because I don't see the point in it.
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:27 AM   #6
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wots a quik format and wots a full format
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:28 AM   #7
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i jus want to get rid of all d files on it, because wen i try recovering later on then theres too much stuff
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:29 AM   #8
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quick format is: The HDD will write the first 300MB and the last 300MB full of zeros so the file system will be ready to be writen. A full format i a hard drive plenty of zeros
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:32 AM   #9
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how d u do a full format
and how do u do a quick format
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Old 01-23-2006, 12:53 PM   #10
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Default Re: Cleanse a harddrive

When you stick your XP disc in and boot from it, it should ask you what file system to format in (NTFS, FAT32 etc) and it will also give you the option of a quick format or a normal format, you can't miss it.

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