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    Question Scrubbing HDD

    I have recently purchased a new PC and I have transferred all my data off the old machine onto the new one. I need to scrub my old hdd and re-install win xp. Before I re-install, can anyone recommend how I can make sure that I have permanently removed any traces of data from the drive?

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    As in securly deleted so you can sell it or just to re-install XP again?

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    I use Active@ ZDelete AutoCleaner. Scrubs to DoD levels and is fairly cheap. Free for 30 days:

    http://www.zdelete.com/download.htm

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    Use DBan (Darick's Boot & Nuke) to totally wipe your disk, you can wipe to various levels, i.e. DoD, RCMP, etc and best of all its free!

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    Cool thanks for the links.. (especially the free ones!) As I was also intrested in this..


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    DBan's great, and it's actually included as part of Eraser.

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    I always use Active @Killdisk. I can send you a copy of the full version if you'd like. It enables you to write to a disk in DOS mode, and use such methods as the Gutmann Erasing Method, which gives total security. However, it takes 16 hours on my 7200rpm 60gb HDD to use Gutmann (it rewrites the disk 35 times!), so if the data isn't that sensitive, a standard 3 pass wipe will suffice.

    Btw, if you'd like a copy of Killdisk, PM me.
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    dban is free and includes the gutmann wipe and many others.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly1234
    As in securly deleted so you can sell it or just to re-install XP again?
    With the view that I could possibly sell it.

    Thanks for the links people, if anyone has any other recommended tools - keep 'em comin'!

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