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Harddrive Data question

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#1 tim_ver


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:35 PM

   I have a Hard drive and have some data that is mine and some that is a friends on it. I want to delete mine off of it before I give him the drive so there is no why he or anyone else can get / find it. What is best for achiving this?

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#2 jhayz


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:20 AM

It would simply be deleting the files directly or if you want is to backup the data by external then format the drive and copy back the data to the drive.


#3 Agent24


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:34 AM

Are you asking what is best for backing up your data and permanently delete it off your friend's drive so that it can't be recovered in any way? If so, there's no method that I know of to "permanently" delete data off the drive without formatting/overwriting the hard drive. In other words, just using delete is not enough. There's free data recovery software that makes it easy to retrieve deleted files.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:54 AM

After deleting files, you can use the Free Space Shred function in several utilities like Eraser or CCleaner:






If you are comfortable using the command line interface (elevated to Administrator if required), then you can use the cipher command with the /w switch, on any Windows installation that includes the utility (my XP doesn't seem to have it):



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