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#1 triad_cowboy

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:28 PM

I have a old Emachine... :hysterical: that was giving to me... I have no use for it... I would like to donate it to goodwill but prior to doing so ... I want to get all the previous owner personal data off the HDD. Short of removing the HDD is there anyway i can do this and leave it operational? :huh: Any free software?

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 10:39 PM

Reinstalling the OS or use http://www.dban.org/

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:22 PM

Short of removing the HDD is there anyway i can do this and leave it operational? :huh: Any free software?


You could use Eraser 6.0.9 (Eraser is Free software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License) to securely delete any personal files. After you have manually deleted all necessary files (documents, music, photos, contacts, favorites, browsing history, temporary browser cache, email accounts, etc.), have Eraser "wipe" the drive's free space for good measure. This way you don't have to re-install the operating system.




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Posted 20 November 2011 - 12:05 AM

is there anyway i can do this and leave it operational? :huh: Any free software?

The "Thorough cleanup" option in CleanUp! by Steven Gould, purports to do what you require I believe, but I have not used it with that option.
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Posted 20 November 2011 - 12:20 AM

I want to get all the previous owner personal data off the HDD. Short of removing the HDD is there anyway i can do this and leave it operational?


Use Delete Button will be good. Then copy Music, Video or any junk files to your Hardrive until your Hardrive space is full then delete it. Do it a couple of time and someone that want to Recover your personal data will have very difficult to recover it.
Using a software will be easy to do it but with a Data Recovery Software it just need time to recovery it. But if your Hardrive has been fill over and over again then Data Recovery Software will have serious problem to recover it. There was still a chance someone could recover it but it will cost lots of time and money.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:26 AM

Well...my question would be...how do you intend to reinstall Windows?

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:29 AM

Well...my question would be...how do you intend to reinstall Windows?

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Louis.. I sure they are options to do what i intend to do..while leaving the OS intact... :crazy:

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:48 AM

Well...that's not normal...and some of the suggestions you received would have erased everything, including the O/S :).

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 11:50 AM

Well...that's not normal...and some of the suggestions you received would have erased everything, including the O/S :).

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I will be sure to spend a lil time investing what they do prior to using them.... thinks for the input




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