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How to stop documents being recovered

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Lulu01, Jul 9, 2018.

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  1. Lulu01

    Lulu01 Thread Starter

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    My pc is going to a local IT store to have some work done on it.

    I am going to move all my documents to an external HDD.

    Can anyone tell me what the quickest and easiest way is of ensuring that no-one could recover any of my documents from the HDD?
     
  2. lochlomonder

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    How many documents are you looking at here? What size, roughly? One way of doing it is by secure-wiping the files, using an application such as Eraser.
     
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  3. Lulu01

    Lulu01 Thread Starter

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    It's around 90GB. Would Eraser work with this number of files?
     
  4. lochlomonder

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    It would; however, it would take quite some time since the application does multiple over-writes for all files.
     
  5. Lulu01

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    Is there any other free software you know of which would be ok with approx 90GB of files? Otherwise, do you know if the files would be recoverable if I 'Move' them rather than copy/delete? I'm using Windows 7 if that's relevant.
     
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