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#1 flavius

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:24 AM

hi i have a toshiba laptop xp pro sp3 with genuine windows fully up to date, i purchased the the laptop second hand a couple of years ago unfortunately it came with no xp cd recovery disk through changing hands a time or two and now i want to sell it and upgrade to a newer version, so my question is, can the disk with all my personal files and folders be wiped permanently using something like ashampoo but still retain the os for the new buyer
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:37 AM

For most practical purposes you can overwrite the hdd several times and the average user will not be able to retrieve any information. There are forensic techniques that that can retrieve information from hdds that have gone through a fire. The only way to insure that any sensitive information is removed permanently is to destroy the hdd, like with a torch.

There are freeware applications like Active KillDisk that will do the job. There are instructions on the sight for the use of this application, and how to make and use the bootable disk.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:49 AM

I just want to say this in a jovial way.

Most Files can be reclaimed to a Serious person/Authority, no matter what you do. If you think the Files you are worried about may harm you in future Forget it! If they aint a problem use something like each ashampoo for each Data File you want to remove, one by one!

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 01:37 PM

dc3,abacus7 thanks for the quick reply, both issues noted and saved,i dont do online banking and ebay is the closest to personal files that i get so ashampoo/Active Killdisk should do the job fine many thanks to you both
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