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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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