HDD - formatting

  zzzgordon 23:19 04 Dec 04

I'm selling my current PC and have cleared all my personal info and files off it.

is there a program i can run to fully delete all files (mainly excel and word files) from my pc or do i have to fully reformat my hdd or use the FDISK command ?

  Danoh 23:41 04 Dec 04

Depending on the make of your HDD, the manufacturers web site's support section or more specifically, the download section would probably contain a utility that writes zero values across all of your HDD. That would be sufficient for the casual undelete utilities commonly available, bit not for the serious spooks, government or otherwise.

  Danoh 23:43 04 Dec 04

Oh, and I remember seeing some full program on PC Advisor magazines CD/DVD which does file shredding as well ~ CWShredder I think. But I have not used it ~ maybe others who have can comment.

  sicknote 23:47 04 Dec 04
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:48 04 Dec 04

CW Shredder does not shred files! It gets rid of cool web search spyware.

A Format should be good enough but if your really worried then these free progs will do the trick.

Drive cleaners :-
Space Odyssey click here
G-Lock Temp Cleaner 2.0 click here

  Danoh 12:53 05 Dec 04

Thanks Fruit Bat /\0/\ re: CW Shredder

I was thinking of PC Pro's Nov 2004 CD with WinCleaner "Destroy-it".

zzzgordon, hope there's enough suggestions for u now.

Download kill disk - it will reformat shred and even delete any partitions

  zzzgordon 14:13 05 Dec 04

thanks guys - i'll give them a try.

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