Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172077/why-secure-file-deletion-tools-arent-foolproof/
To actually erase files from a magnetic hard drive, you’d have to overwrite the fill with useless data. Some tools attempt to make this easier, offering to “securely delete” a file by deleting it and overwriting its sectors with junk.
Throwing the drives away is a huge waste of time. Just give it an external case, put it on eBay as an external HDD, and more likely than not somebody will buy it who thinks files can't be restored from the Recycle Bin.
My secure delete tool is a seldgehammer. When I'm done with a drive, it's because it's too obsolete to use.
I have been known to turn the platters into windchimes, instead. They're quite pretty, and the magnets are always useful too.
how about running d-ban (DoD-7) then encrypt the hard drive, and format?
(now comes the "what if" stories of a 900tb hard drive taking centuries to wipe, like no one knows how long it takes)
Someone needs to start using Linux... Seriously, if you expect to do anything reliable with Windows you are essentially shooting yourself in the foot. IT professionals like myself always keep Linux at hand to fix Windows machines in more ways than one.
Oh, come on! There are "Should Windows x_version users switch to Linux?" threads everywhere! Go post in one of them.
Are you implying that IT professionals who work with Windows should only be limited to what tools Windows presents you? That's a pretty horrible thing to do. I don't know about you, but when I was in college studying for my IT degree, my instructor instructed all of us to carry a live CD of Linux to fix Windows problems. It is very handy to use when fixing viruses and handling other more advanced tasks such as 'secure file deletion' and partitioning.
it's odd all the people who claim to have degree's in some kind of tech field only come here to argue. i don't know $hit and i actually try to help others. must be a slow day at neowin so they all oozed over here
Have you ever thought that the problem is that this website and the people commenting here aren't very professional? If you don't have any background in IT then chances are you only know enough to get yourself in trouble. I can't respect a website that is IT-oriented but far removed from IT practices. It's simply not very reliable at all to seek out advice here. No advice is better than bad advice.
everyone is still waiting for your good advice. by the looks of your 34 posts in less than 24 hours you've done nothing but attack everyone and complained.