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How do I completely clean my Hard drive so that nobody can recover any files?

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I am trying to sell my laptop but I know there are programs that can recover deleted files and programs on the hard drive. I don't want to install a new hard drive because the laptop still has a recovery partition. I don't want my buyer to be able to recover any important documents that I previously stored and deleted on the hard disk. thanks

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You should note that the claim of overwriting with several special patterns is just a marketing trick. Zeroing the harddrive is just as effective, according to some recent studies.

Thats why I don't bother overwriting serveral times.  One is enough....

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Use Boot and Nuke.

http://www.dban.org/

:iamwithstupid: Exactly what this old bastard said.  :grin2: Great program.

You should note that the claim of overwriting with several special patterns is just a marketing trick. Zeroing the harddrive is just as effective, according to some recent studies.

:iamwithstupid:

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One question again. I think it was answered before. So if recovery is a seperate partition, does it still get wiped? My last emachine and this gateway have recovery seperate. Just curious if a wipe would erase that too?

My Acer Laptop was that way but it also gave me an option to put the restore on Disk. You might check with Gateway and see if you can too. :wink:

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