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Old 03-08-2005, 04:14 AM   #1
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Default how do I delete files for good?

After I have sent my files to the recycle bin, it can be retrieve with the aid of a program. How do I delete my files for good?
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:33 AM   #2
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You need an app like FileShredder. This isn't the only on e. There are numerous apps out there that do the same thing. Take a look around and see which one you prefer.
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Old 03-08-2005, 05:39 PM   #3
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yeha, with some anti virus programs they come with a little program that'll shred your old files and such for good. i remmeber macafee coming with something like that. or fileshredder that works too. i dont think NAV has it. ill have to check but im not on my home comp right now so yeha.
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or you could just use "Window Washer)
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ERASER AT DOWNLOAD.COM. Free works well. once installed right click on file you want gone and click erase.

http://www.download.com/Eraser/3000-...ml?tag=lst-0-7
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Old 03-09-2005, 08:38 AM   #6
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thank for all the replies. but that only takes care of the files i would want to delete in the future.

what do i do with the files i have deleted? shredder and washer doesn't allow me to select deleted files.

please further help.
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Old 03-10-2005, 12:35 AM   #7
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eraser has a function that will erase unused disk space. which once a file or such is deleted it becomes unused disk space that can be overwritten. you can also right click the trash can and tell it to erase whats in it.
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thanks, hake. but there are folders that i cannot right-click and select erase like the 'RECYCLER' folder. this folder is invisible (not as in 'hidden' that can be enabled in options), and i can only access it by typing something like this into the address bar of my window manager: e:/recycler

i assume when i delete something from my 'e' drive, it would go to the recycle bin in 'c' drive. but when i clear my recycle bin, the 'undead' files originally from 'e' drive goes into the 'recycler' folder, which is not shown to users.

what do i do about this folder?
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:10 AM   #9
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That link doesnt seem to work.............so how do u delte stuff from the past according to my recycle bin it holds 3.99g of space for recycle bin how do i completly delete that.
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That link doesnt seem to work.............so how do u delte stuff from the past according to my recycle bin it holds 3.99g of space for recycle bin how do i completly delete that.
? ok that makes no scnese!
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'scnese'?

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? ok that makes no scnese!


and that does????????????????
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:04 PM   #13
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i only had to read keith's message once to understand it. i still do not understand yours after reading it 3 times. :/
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Old 03-11-2005, 01:36 AM   #14
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Ok I'm a little confused now . Here's a list of things to try. (Most apply to Windows OS.)

1 Take the hard drive out and beat it with a sledge hammer till there is nothing left bigger than a grain of sand. (Helps relieve stress and frustration)
2 Put the hard drive in blast furnace and melt it to liquid. (Not as much fun unless you have some diesel fuel and liquid oxygen. Pyrotechnic!)
3 Wrap it with primer cord with a couple sticks of dynamite. (My favorite)
4 With the aid of a Department of Defense quality eraser program put the hard drive as slave into a computer with a OS and run the program. At least 30 over writes more the better.

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For something to be erased forever it will need to be over written many times. If in the past you deleted something Windows did not erase it, it just marked it as usable disk space that can be used. Lets say you install a game Halo or BF 1942 or such. The computer writes the program over that usable disk space. That area has been over written one time. Which is enough to keep peace at home. But law enforcement can read that area like a cheap novel. ISP's keep short term records of your Internet travels so they can protect their servers and other costumers from attacks. Lets say you click on a music site in Northern Europe. That site Happen to belong to a Black Hat/ Hacker up to no good..........................

Defragmenting the drive first will help move things along. ( It also writes over areas marked as unused disk space one time but there is noway to know what it is writing over one time. Unless you have equipment and skills

5 With DoD quality eraser program, erase unused disk space.
6 Under Accessories go to Disk management Click on it choosing what you want. (Empty recycle bin. Delete temp files or such.)
7 If your wanting to erase something you deleted a long time ago 1-4 above.
8 If the link did not work Type download.com in address bar than search site.
9Use safety equipment for 1-3 above.
10 about the only way to keep things erased is to erase as you go.
11 now I have a question for one of the pro's , does reformatting a hard drive erase anything or does it just form the file system? I'm guessing it does not erase any thing.
12 Too much information.
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