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Anyone know of any really good file wiping software? Im trying to sell my old laptop but I need to clean my info and everything else out of it. Some help would be much appreciated!
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Just do a clean install, it would re-install your OS, with nothing else on it.

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#6
Reformat, install linux (free) if you're not confident in your erasing abilities. I think if you have a windows disk you can set it all the way back to what it was like brand new. If you didn't get a disk when you got the laptop you might have a recovery partition as a hidden disk.
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I also advice KillDisk.
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The only way to make data completely unrecoverable is to physically destroy whatever storage device it's on

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#10
Technically, the very best thing you could do is just not selling it with the hard drive. Even if you reformat it, it's still kind of there and it's possible for people to get and commit identity fraud or whatnot on you. I can't say for sure how great of a chance there actually is of this happening, but you should just know that.
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delete the system 32 and or magnet the f.uck out of it
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The only way to make data completely unrecoverable is to physically destroy whatever storage device it's on


Nonsense. Any competent disk cleaner/shredder with sufficient patterned multiple level overwrites will do the job.

Look up any of the disk security papers by Peter Gutmann.
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The very best bet is destroying it though.

Also, many file deletion programs exaggerate how unrecoverably they do their job (or however it should be) in order to help with criminal investigations and stuff. It's pretty interesting stuff really.
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Nonsense. Any competent disk cleaner/shredder with sufficient patterned multiple level overwrites will do the job.

Look up any of the disk security papers by Peter Gutmann.




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I'm too lazy to learn HTML. There's no chance in hell that I'll actually read an academic computer science paper.


I understand, even sympathize to some degree. But given that stipulation, perhaps you shouldn't be giving computer advice?

Just a thought...

In your defense however, at least your advice wasn't potentially detrimental to the OP like some that responded!
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#18
I use a great way to wipe hard drives. Actually, just recently my dad gave me his old drive because it was useless and he didn't want it so he gave it to me to clean it out so he wouldn't have his info still on there.

So I went with my buddy to his place, then we went outside. Then I took my sks, and filled the clip with those gorgeous 7.62X39 rounds, and shot the living piss and **** out of it until it was shredded bits of metal. Hard drive has been wiped