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Deleting Data Files

 

What about when you want to delete data files on your hard drive. For some of you, it may be that you just want to clean up the hard-drive to remove space, or prying eyes from family members or work associates. But for others, its about preventing others from accessing previously held data - such as when you are selling your computer.

As we know, you can never get rid of the files completely but certain software will make it unacessible by anyone other than those with deep forensic software. This effectively destroys access to the original data, rather than deleting it. The latest method of doing this is by overwriting the existing data 50 or 60 times with specially encoded data patterns so that such as unintelligable layer remains that it is impossible to reconstruct.

 

SImple Data Clean Up

Ccleaner - a simple clean tool more for housekeeping than privacy cleaning. Cleans out temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history,  and the index.dat on reboot in Ccleaner.

Instructions on cleaning count keys

Forensice Level Software

Privacy Guard -deletes files beyond recovery, Internet Activity History, cookies, temporary files, and other unwanted files. Uses D.O.D Technology to overwrite deleted files up to 60 times with special chosen patterns of data to ensure that it will never be possible to recover it.

Secure Clean - computer forensic tool for cleaning and wiping a HDD of sensitive information. It's well worth the money.

Two Step Erase And Check

Restoration - look for deleted files, say doc or jpg and see what it turns up. To delete from Restoration. Use Eraser and write over the free hard drive space. Then run Restoration again and see what it turns up this time.

 

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