Wiping your computer

  [DELETED] 19:46 14 Mar 2006
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I wish to give my computer to someone, and I know you can format it. However I have been told that the only way to be sure of clearing your personal info is to smash it up, which seems drastic as it is perfectly good. Is there a program that would clear it all out or at least make the ifo inaccessable ?
Thank you.

  [DELETED] 19:49 14 Mar 2006

Unless you are an MI5 spook or from Mossad a reformat will be good enough. make sure that you reformat all the drive if it is in partitions, leaving a partition always catches people out and gives rise to the endless 'I reformatted my HD and there was shed loads of info left on it' wails.

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  [DELETED] 19:51 14 Mar 2006

Unless you are planning to flog it to the CIA just re-install Windows using the Format option click here

  realist 20:47 14 Mar 2006

...or you could maybe use this?
click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:19 14 Mar 2006

Drive cleaners :-
Space Odyssey click here
G-Lock Temp Cleaner 2.0 click here

File erasers :-
Eraser click here
Ultrawipe click here
SuperShredder click here
killdisk click here

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