Secure delete problem help appreciated!

  andrew6451 12:25 21 Apr 2017
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I would appreciate advice on my problem. As I am planning to sell my old computer I securely deleted the entire hard disk to Guttman standard using Boot & Nuke (overkill I know but I used the computer for banking) Then as a check I reloaded Windows from a Macrium backup and scanned for deleted files using Recuva. It found over 45,000 files of which about 5,000 were listed as excellent for recovery! Surely after secure delete it should not have found any? Or does my backup also copy deleted files and that is the source? I wasn't about to check out 5,000 files but I did find a music file which was playable. Any comments would be gratefully received. Cheers Andrew

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:06 21 Apr 2017
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I reloaded Windows from a Macrium backup

effectively you reinstall a complete copy of the hard drive.

You need to boot and nuke again and install a new version of windows from scratch

Use boot media click here this is for 10 but its available for 7 or 8 although 7 require you to imput a serial key before download.

  andrew6451 06:50 24 Apr 2017

Thanks! I see now what I should do. Cheers, Andrew

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