May 30th, 2004 12:31 PM
Free Space Wiping Utility
Does anyone here wipe the free space on their drive before? Can you recommend any good freeware utility? Last time I used Clean Disk Security and it corrupted some of my files. Now I am thinking of using the program call Eraser to wipe the free space but I do not want to risk damaging my files again.
May 30th, 2004 01:26 PM
The free one im not sure, but I'm using McAfee Quickclean Lite.
May 30th, 2004 02:39 PM
May 30th, 2004 07:16 PM
For DOS / FAT you could try scorch or scour. Obviously run them in DOS mode - create a batch file or something.
Unfortunately I don't know of any tools which do this for other fs. Additionally, it is desirable to do free space wiping while the OS is not active (i.e. under DOS or something else booted from floppy). That way you can trash the swapfile and temp files and guarantee they're not in use.
May 30th, 2004 08:49 PM
The only tool you will ever need, bar none. Open source and very good!!
May 30th, 2004 09:19 PM
^5 for the Eraser! Forged in Open Source from a reliable sourceforge as well
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May 31st, 2004 12:47 AM
Re: Free Space Wiping Utility
Just out of curiosity... Did you defrag your HD before you ran the utility? IIRC, if you don't defrag beforehand, it might mess with some of the files.
Originally posted here by Falcon21
Last time I used Clean Disk Security and it corrupted some of my files. Now I am thinking of using the program call Eraser to wipe the free space but I do not want to risk damaging my files again.
May 31st, 2004 02:02 AM
naw. All the wiping util does is overwrite the disk with hex values.
June 1st, 2004 11:19 AM
I saw some of them create a lot of dummy files to fill up the space on the drive and delete them. How effective is this solution?