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Old 09-01-18, 07:53
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Default Permanently shredding files

I am getting rid of my laptop and I would like to know the best way to make sure that all my personal files are permanently deleted. A search of the internet shows several free programs that will shred files. Can anyone recommend one from personal experience?
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Old 09-01-18, 08:18
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I keep banging on about this but the ONLY way to be absolutely sure that nothing can be got off your old hard drives is to destroy them. A drill bit through them or a big nail. That really is the only way in spite of what anyone esle will tell you.

I can guarantee that it doesn't matter what program you use, paid for or free I would able to get something off your hard drives if you just use a "cleaning" software. It might not be anything of any importance but on the other hand. And I do not have any special recovery programs.
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Old 09-01-18, 14:08
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See this thread

http://forum.webuser.co.uk/showthread.php?t=150936
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Old 09-01-18, 14:59
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Despite being verbally mauled previously, I have to agree with Pete i.

You can wipe a HDD till the cows come home, anyone determined enough and with the right kit can restore a good many files...That is because on an HDD there is ALWAYS a faint residue than can, given the aforesaid determination be used to restore files even when bits of them are sprinkled all over the place. Visit the Acronis website and it will explain how and why that residue remains.

An SSD is however different. A wipe is a wipe. That is why multiple wipes are unnecessary and software like like PrivaZer is more effetive.
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Old 09-01-18, 15:10
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Despite being verbally mauled previously, I have to agree with Pete i.

You can wipe a HDD till the cows come home, anyone determined enough and with the right kit can restore a good many files...That is because on an HDD there is ALWAYS a faint residue than can, given the aforesaid determination be used to restore files even when bits of them are sprinkled all over the place. Visit the Acronis website and it will explain how and why that residue remains.

An SSD is however different. A wipe is a wipe. That is why multiple wipes are unnecessary and software like like PrivaZer is more effetive.
Yes so was I. But there you go we can only advise and if people don't want to listen that is their loss.
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Old 09-01-18, 15:43
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Default Re: Permanently shredding files

If it's an OEM machine then factory reset it, or if it's Win 10 then use the Reset option which will get rid of your personal stuff and any installed programs.

The average user won't be bothered what was on it before.
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Old 09-01-18, 19:57
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I read some while ago that a file can't be recoved if you zip it before wiping it.

I don't know if it works.
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I read some while ago that a file can't be recoved if you zip it before wiping it.

I don't know if it works.
Not necessarily. The zip file is created from the original which may or may not be securely erased, dependng upon the software used and the settings. Whilst the zip file may not be recoverable because of the nature of its compressed contents, (it may also be encrypted) the original that it was made from may still be recoverable.
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Old 12-01-18, 21:01
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Many thanks for all your comments. i hadn't realised it was so diffiicult to wipe things out permanently,
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6" nail through the hard disc works wonders
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