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Posted: 9/18/2005 6:06:51 AM EDT
Are there any free utilities that can clear all free hard drive space on my computer?
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:10:59 AM EDT
U mean format it? If that is the case, right click my computer, than, click manage, than click on disk management. I don't think you can do it do your disk if it is the main system drive, u have to do that when you are first installing windows
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:13:10 AM EDT
No, I mean write all 0s on the HD (or some other technique) so that previously deleted personal files can not be recovered. I don't want to reformat.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:15:01 AM EDT
Norton Utilities has some great disk tools, but it is not free, try downloads.com They may not be free either but they usually give you 30 day trials on most software......
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:49:11 AM EDT
Try active disc wiper.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:51:09 AM EDT
dban
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:52:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:54:55 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 7:07:04 AM EDT
With UNIX it's easy:

cat /dev/zero > big_file

Windows makes things so much harder than UNIX.z
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 7:21:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2005 7:23:48 AM EDT by sharky30]
find a freeware version of PGP
it has an option to wipe the free space
edit:
www.pgpi.org/products/pgp/versions/freeware/win32/6.5.8/
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 7:33:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 7:48:17 AM EDT
Another vote for DBAN.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:16:47 AM EDT
For free utilities try pcworld or pcmag.
This program Sure Delete works easy and you get to set the number of overwrites.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:08:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:49:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Lloyd-Jr:
For free utilities try pcworld or pcmag.
This program Sure Delete works easy and you get to set the number of overwrites.



Does this delete the whole hard drive or just the empty space on a currently being used HD? Last thing I want to do is do a total nuke job on my HD.

Thanks

Merlin
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:50:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Merlin:

Originally Posted By Lloyd-Jr:
For free utilities try pcworld or pcmag.
This program Sure Delete works easy and you get to set the number of overwrites.



Does this delete the whole hard drive or just the empty space on a currently being used HD? Last thing I want to do is do a total nuke job on my HD.

Thanks

Merlin



Use the PGP link that Sharky posted. I do a Freespace Wipe every few weeks.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:22:33 AM EDT
I've used a little freeware utility called Eraser that does a good job and is easy to use. You can use it to "shred" files or to wipe up your free space. It can do any number of passes and uses different techniques for each pass. Default choices are 1,3,7, or 35 passes, IIRC.

Just go to download.com and search for eraser.
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