Thanks for that when you say get the HD to you you mean have to take the laptop apart or can it just be done via some sort of laplink cable?sierra2469alpha wrote:QRM - PGP Disk shredder - I have a copy - if you can arrange to get the HDD to me I also have a cable to connect it into one of our machines and you can watch it wipe..we'll just wipe the freespace so you'll be fine...Cheers, mr. P
Oh, alternatively, plenty of so-called ones at shareware.com, but PGP is certified by DSD in Australia so that's why I use it.
[Edit: added freespace wipe]
Over the years what I found with sony laptops nothing is standard!! I have downloaded steganos shredder trial version, I assume after the trial period the info doesn't pop again?sierra2469alpha wrote:We'll just unscrew the HDD once you bring the lappy over. Then connect it to one of our machines, run the shred, and put it back. Easy peasy (assuming it's a fairly standard lappy).
I've used the Shredder tool. Can't say that I know for sure it works (files are gone but totally erased? - I don't know).sierra2469alpha wrote:Strong Eagle - have you used any of those apps? One is of particular interest to me, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Mr. P
If you will go back and read the OP's request you will find that He doesn't want to shred the entire disk or operating system.AngMoKio wrote:Y
Anything that will shred the disk while the OS is still running by definition won't shred the disk.
You are right, I did delete ms office software etc. and used the CClean which does the triple wipe to DOD standard, but when I do a search for *.pdf, doc, jpg I find images and scan docs are still stored in obscure files like mediaplayer /art/cache.rattlesnake wrote:Just wiping the free space is a good start, but if you are selling it, you should hose all the data properly and reload windows otherwise a skilled operator can still recover bits and pieces including but not limited to:
- you deleted your resume (microsoft word) but the auto recover file which you didn't know about still remains hidden within the depths of your program files folder;
- those auto complete passwords that make surfing the net real easy are stored within the windows registry. If you don't hose windows, they can easily be recovered;
- not to mention other personal stuff that can be found in the registry like email information, surfing habits etc;
- how about someone using the windows media library database to check out whether you have been watching skin flicks and how many times you watched each one; and finally
- ever noticed that thumbs.db file in folders that have photos in them? You can delete the photos but someone can still get the thumbnails from the thumbs.db file. Those fun shots with the wife when you were drunk all of a sudden end up being laughed at as the do the rounds on the internet.
I know I am making light of it, but seriously, just wiping free space does a lot, but not quite enough. If I were you I would go for the boot and nuke, a linux boot disk or put it on the mrt track and let the train do the rest.
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