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    How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    We are sending 2 old computers to the recycling center. What is the fastest way of scrubbing the entire system?

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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    Take the drill and drill a hole through the hard drive <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15>. This is the most effective way to prevent data recovering from your computer <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    ha ha ha...I guess the drill is a good idea though since we are in a 1 story building and dropping out the window won't do any good!

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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    There are a couple software solutions to your problem that will save you the trouble of removing the HD from the machine. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> If you already have it loaded on your machine, you can use Spybot Search and Destroy's Secure Shredder in the Tools section using Advance mode. Or there's a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> utility called SureDelete that "permanently deletes data from your drive. Whether you want to shred sensitive information or free up resources on your hard drive, this program ensures that it's done permanently. Rather than simply deleting file references on your computer, the program actually destroys the data itself. Sure Delete offers a wizard-style interface that guides you through the process of deleting files, cleaning up your hard drive in minutes. Sure Delete supports the FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS disk formats.
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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    Thank you! I will try those options.

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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    A couple issues here - SpyBot's Shredder will only work on files the allocation table knows about. That is, if a file has been deleted sometime in the past, but not over written, a bad guy with the right tools, (or a good guy with the right tools!) can still retrieve that data.

    This applies to the drill though the disk too. Only data in the physically damaged portion of the platters will be unretrievable.

    Granted, someone would have to want your data real bad as the equipment and expertise needed is expensive and time consuming.

    Generally speaking, a fresh format (full, not quick) will work in most situations.

    To be truely safe, you need something along the lines of the excellent SureDelete Doc mentioned or another "wipe" program - one that actually starts at the beginning of the disk and writes a bunch of 1s and 0s MANY times in each and every block, sector, byte and bit on the disk.
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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    To erase all information from the hard drive you must use "low level formatting" (see http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/faq...llfmt_what.html for details and tools). One formatting prevents even seasonal hacker from file recovering; three consequence formattings is Department of Defense recommended standard (DoD.5200.22-M), seven consequence formattings make data recovering theoretically impossible.

    You can also use a program to do this: http://www.ontrack.com/dataeraser/, http://www.zdelete.com/eraser.htm, http://www.killdisk.com/ and many other.

    Low-level formatting tools from hard drive vendors (Maxtor, Seagate and other) usually free and do exactly the same thing.

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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    As this thread has nothing particularly to do with Microsoft Office products, I'm moving it to Software Finds and Wants.
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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> PGP comes with a file shredder, and a free space shredder - so it can erase files that have already been deleted.

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    Re: How do I scrub a system? (Windows 98)

    Try Eraser - Free secure data erase tool to wipe files on your hard drive
    "Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and DOS.
    Eraser is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.
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