Is there a general how-to hd wipe thread on these boards that will help, or is the process really going to depend on specs?
As for specs: my sys. info is below. Also, let's just say this is business paranoia, but is there a free program that will do a reliable job to make recovery of wiped data near-impossible?
Related: A couple threads mentioned DBAN. And one said to just run dban several times for good measure. Does that sound about right?
Does it kind of defeat the purpose of a really thorough hd wipe to still keep/backup files though different than the ones you want wiped? I mean do these digital traces I've read about work that way--that data (deleted traces) of some files can still be found in completely different files just by virtue of having been on the same hd?
Yeah, I know this sounds extreme (and I've always been a paranoid personality), but there's some data I just want gone for good--though I'd rather not just chuck the hd in the dump.
Sys info: "Windows XP Home Ed., 2002, Service Pack 3 . . . Dell Dimension 3000, Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz, 2.99GHz, 512 MB RAM." HD: Western Digital, 465 GB capacity.
*Also, I had a different thread on another, unrelated topic from more than a few weeks ago, and nobody ever replied--so I had to seek help elsewhere. So hopefully someone will reply to this.
Edited by moscatomg1, 19 November 2010 - 10:59 AM.