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basic file shredder questions

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  1. rainforest123

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    I want to wipe out personal information on a hard drive.

    If, for example, I shred the outlook express address book, will OE have a blank address book, or will the file be "deleted". If it is deleted, how do I create a new address book?

    I have similar questions for the OE folders [ inbox.dbx , for example ], the Quicken & QuickBooks files.

    What do I do about the pagefile & ntuser.dat , for example? Might it be better to shred the entire hard drive, then re-install Windows, drivers, etc? I'm going to donate the PC to a charity, but I want to be sure that all my personal information has been rendered inaccessible.

    I know how to shred individual files & folders I have created.

    Windows XP Home, 0 SP
    Athlon 1.8 GHZ
    1.0 GB ram
    80 GB IDE hard drive, NTFS

    Please feel free to correct any / all mis-conceptions I may have about file shredding. I'm here to learn. After all, I am a beginner at this computer stuff.

    Thanks for your help.


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  2. junker39

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    If you are giving it to charity, just format, shred, partion, write to 0s, whatever. If you feel it necessary to reinstall the OS, do it. Or go by your local PC repair shop, pick up a used 20g hard drive, install it on the charity PC, and slave the 80g on your other machine.
     
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    I read the link, previously, TOGG.

    Thanks, but no thanks, Junker.

    Lsd. . ., yes, I am aware of the programs you mentioned.

    I would really like an answer to the question about, for example OE. If I shred,for example, folders.dbx, will OE become unusable? Will it be impossible to uninstall OE if I shred the folders & address book?

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