Earse without a trace

Gigabyte / Gbtuacpi
June 20, 2009 at 23:06:37
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.416 GHz / 1023 MB
I am leaving my job and i had many personal files in the PC I were using which I already deleted However; most of you know that by using some particular programmes they may get they files back as they are so Suspicious type of people. They are not highly literated IT-wise but they already accused me of somethings I didn't do, they may ask for some help from who knows & the last thing I want is to get my personal files exposed to them Is there anyway I can make sure that they can not get my personal files back? I appreciate your help. Thanks.

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June 20, 2009 at 23:14:28
Well ... it is a personal files which include many family documents, I just want it to be erased totaly from the hard disk.
It is not about hiding something as I already arranged all files related to work in an easy way to locate & access. I am just that type of person who is discreet & private.

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June 20, 2009 at 23:57:52
I agree with what jgalty says but at the same time can totally understand what the OP is concerned about...especially if they already accused you of doing things that were not quite true....so why give them ammunition to shoot with.

The problem is that it totally depends on the type of set up that you have on that computer...
1) if there is no restore partition then you could either
a) replace the harddrive (which is what I would do) and then reinstall a clean operating system or
b) wipe the drive to military specifications with a drive utility such as kill disc or
c) re-write the drive to all zeroes with the drive manufacturers disc utility.

2) If there is a hidden restore partition then you must either do a) or b) above but maintain the restore partition and then restore the operating system and files.

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June 21, 2009 at 10:36:16
You could try Eraser, It's FREE. I do not know if it will work on a Network. This recommendation is for Stand Alone Computer only.


Eraser also Overwrites Free and Slack space on the HDD, making it quite difficult, if not improbable, that anyone, short of a Data Retrieval Expert, will be able to retrieve the remnants of the files you've Erased.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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June 21, 2009 at 11:42:11
Thanks guys.
There is a tool to retrieve data called File Scavenger, does it have an option to permenantly delete files after retrieving it?

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June 21, 2009 at 11:56:50
>. I am just that type of person who is discreet & private. <<

So you put personal files on a computer that doesn't belong to you. Brilliant!


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June 21, 2009 at 12:01:20
StuartS: that computer; I used for an 8 hours a day for 8 damn years, so do not wonder that I had many personal files & do not be sarcastic, ok?
By the way; all these damn years I didn't allow anyone to use it so it is kind of a PC to me!

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June 21, 2009 at 12:54:32
And her's me thinking that work computer were provided to work on and you buy home computers for your personal stuff. Seems I might have been wrong.


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June 21, 2009 at 17:10:12
On reading the very first post, I thought exactly as StuartS has stated!!

Adding the "discreet and private" comment to a request for help in hiding years of personal data on a work computer does not...er...um... "compute".

"Family documents" on a work computer that you "didn't allow anyone to use", and you attack StuartS as "sarcastic" regarding your situation?? One more peep, and I might show you well-deserved "sarcastic".

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June 21, 2009 at 18:11:02
What real difference does it make how he used the "WorK" computer? Obviously it was allowed by his employer or it would not have gone on for 8 years.

There are lots of different Companys, lots of different jobs, the rules and guidelines are not all the same, besides the point IS, this person posted here for help, not judgement on his particular situation.

I've worked on jobs where access to the Computer was given, only grudgingly, and others where no one cared as long as the work got done " "ON Time" and the System didn't get screwed up.

Sorry you had to go through this Omda. I've never heard of the program you referred to.


I believe you misread the first post. As I read it, Omda is leaving the Company after 8 years and now wants to delete, unequivocally, his 8 years of personal files, to prevent them from being accessed AFTER leaving the Company.

Makes sense to me. I would be doing the same.

OK, blast away!

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June 21, 2009 at 19:06:53
I second Dumbob's post.

Eraser will overwrite all "blank" space on PC storage a number of times... number varies according to the strength of the selected overwrite process. This is intended to leave all used space data intact and all data on unused space (OS deleted data) unreadable.

If you choose this method to prevent data recovery tools from retrieving the data, i.e. File Scavenger, a few overwrites should do it.

Depending on the size of the HDD(s) and the amount of overwrites you choose... this process could take a very long time, in some cases easily overnight.

The downside is if the pc is networked and regular backups were created, there is no way to retrieve the data from the backups unless you have physical access to the server and tapes / DVDs etc.

The company might not need access to your PC to see what you had on it once upon a time.

EDITYou have to take into consideration also that running a program like this could cause problems. If anything went wrong, there could be a liability issue that needs to be considered.

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June 21, 2009 at 19:20:29
You can understand somebody's situation without conceding to the circumstance(s) surrounding such situations.

I'm sure StuartS does & I agree with him. It is pretty standard (at least here in the U.S) that any employer may stake its claim to all or part of anything an employee "works" on using any of the company's resources, including but not limited to materials, time, space, personnel, etc. They also have the right to review the 'work" in order to decide whether or not they want to stake claim.

In most cases, things never get to such levels. Hopefully, Omda's scenario is that trivial. Regardless, I suggest some caution, especially if this separation is involuntary.

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