We have finally decided to upgrade from our steam powered desktop to a new laptop but as both of us use the PC for work there is data on the drive we need to remove prior to disposing of the computer. We are looking for a program to completely scrub the hard disk and have seen Paragon Disk Wiper 10 but was wondering if anyone has any other recommendations?
When you say "disposing of the computer" it depends what you mean. If you want to give it away it depends to whom as to the risks involved and what you need to do to reduce the chances of someone even bothering to attempt to retrieve previous data on the hard disk.
For example, if you donate the machine to a friend or relation would they know how to, or have the inclination to recover data and would it mean anything to them if they did? If you just take the computer to a recycling facility where might it end up - At a Charity or abroad? In which case it`s a bigger risk.
If you don`t want to pass on the computer as a working computer you have two choices. Remove the hard drive and destroy it. (Literally, smash it to bits with a hammer.) Or use a a software tool as suggested. Personally I would recommend DBAN click here You can choose the number of rewriting "passes" etc.
If you do want to pass the computer in a working condition, the Paragon Software will do the job. Run it 3 times and then restore the computer to factory settings using the restore partition or disks supplied with the machine.
15 day trial of cyberscrub. You can set it to wipe so that nothing can be recovered. Very efficent when I set it to wipe slack and at top level cleared over 200GB of odds and ends. Be warned at that level it is slow.