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Old 19-09-2013, 20:41
Old Man 43
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My mum wants to pass on her old Laptop to someone else.

Can you point me to some software that will completely remove any trace of deleted files?
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Old 19-09-2013, 21:01
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how paranoid is she....if totally paranoid just buy a new drive and slap it in then install windows, but after that that it's probably best to burn a DBAN cd and nuke the drive followed by reinstalling windows and while stuff like ccleaner/eraser can clear unwanted area's of the disk theres no guarantee that any form of selective deleting will do the job
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Old 19-09-2013, 21:03
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The only way to completely remove all traces is to remove the hard drive and physically destroy it.

If you're not quite so paranoid as that, you can copy any important files onto a USB stick or portable hard drive, and then perform a factory respect on the laptop.
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Old 19-09-2013, 21:08
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Just run CCleaner to overwrite all empty space on the HDD ~ Job done
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Old 19-09-2013, 22:06
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Overwriting empty space will still leave traces of previous activity within a Windows system, but if CCleaner sets out to clear that kind of stuff too (I don't know), it will help a bit.
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Old 20-09-2013, 07:44
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The question was about removing traces of deleted files, I agree that purging all traces of activity requires a reinstall.
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