Active@ Kill Disk - Hard Drive Eraser
As you probably already know,
when you delete a file on your computer, the file is not really
erased from your hard disk. It is actually moved out of sight to
some so-called free space. The problem is that if somebody somehow
steals your computer, he could use some specialized software to
undelete the file and access the potentially confidential
information it contains. The same problem could happen if you sell
your computer or hard disk. The new owner could potentially access
the files you previously deleted. Formatting the hard disk won't solve the
problem. When you format a hard disk, the files are not necessarily
erased from your disk and in many circumstances can still be undeleted.
The only way to be sure data cannot be
accessed anymore is to randomly write ones and zeros all over the entire
hard disk. Writing the entire hard disk just once might not be enough.
Ideally you should randomly write ones and zeros several times over the
entire hard disk.
How do you do that? I personally use
Active@ Kill Disk. I use that piece
of software anytime I sell or give away a hard disk. Active@ Kill Disk is
available in two versions: a free version and, for a small fee, a professional
version. I prefer the professional version as it offers the possibility to
erase the data following military standards such as US Department of Defense DoD 5220.22-M. This way you are 100% sure nobody will be able to recover and
access your data.
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where data protection laws may possibly be less favorable than those in
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