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#1 harvlake

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 10:52 AM

Hi I hope you can answer my question. I am removing some computers that may contain sensitive info from a network. The computers were Win2K Fat32. I formatted the hard drives and installed Win2k NTFS. Is this sufficient. If it isn't, how would it be recommended to go back and remove that data?

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 11:16 AM

Although you formatted, there may be some remnants.
Not usually retrievable without special methods and equipment.

I use a free program called File Shredder for this simple operation.
Of course it has to be used before the formatting, but will work on anything you might find left over.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 12:16 PM

Any thing I can do, now that I've already re-installed the new operating system?

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 12:23 PM

The formatting and re-install should cover you pretty well.

It would be expensive to try to recover any remnants.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 12:29 PM

I appreciate your help.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 03:10 PM

:trumpet: For file shredding I recommend PC Tools Privacy Guardian ( not free ), Privacy Eraser Pro ( not free ) and
Uniblue Speed Up My PC shredder ( not free ) . PC Tools Privacy Guardian & Privacy Eraser Pro have a nice bleach
feature that totally erases everything :thumbsup:

:inlove: Being a privacy Nutt I use all 3 but any one of them really cleans up the tracks leaving absolutely nothing recoverable.

:flowers: Even Worms,Viruses, Trojans,Spyware & you name it can not survive after being shredded or bleached.

:) This is very important burn anything you want saved on disc before shredding your whole PC !!
Do not shred sensitive files ( I don't mess with the windows system & system 32 folders on my XP ) required for reboot
or you can kiss your PC goodbye !!

Also some files maybe locked so use a program called "unlocker " ( which is free) then you can even shred files that were locked by your PC.

Edited by koolkat, 21 May 2009 - 03:39 PM.





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