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    Cool Clean up your mess!

    Apparently, Windows 8 has come up with several new places to store its JUNK.

    A while ago, I first ran my own custom 'W8Cleanup.bat" cleanup batch file.
    It took out a bunch of junk files.
    Then I ran the Extended "Disk Cleanup" program and it took out some more.

    Me stop there? Oh heck no!
    Then I ran my favorite cleanup program "Easy Cleaner 2.0.6.380" especially re-written for Win-7 & 8.
    It scanned and it scanned and the file total kept going up and up and up and finally stopped at 1236 Unnecessary Files, adding up to 45.408 megabytes. And that's just in a few days of use. * Those were all files that were missed by the previous cleanup programs.
    * How much worse would that be after a year, with no maintenance?
    Well, I let Easy Cleaner take out those files.

    Then I let the program check the registry for broken links, etc., and it removed 375 bad links.

    Hard drive maintenance is a speciality of mine, so I'm just wondering, what other users are going to do to keep their own HD's clean.

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    Default Re: Clean up your mess!

    Does Easy Cleaner give the option to overwrite the deleted files by a certain number of times (such as 1,3,7 &35) like CCleaner does? The reason that I ask, is that I haven't used the "disk cleanup" option that Windows has for years. The files are dumped, of course, but not destroyed.

    The reason that I ask this is, because I manage my finances online (pay bills, shop, etc) & want my info securely overwritten (x3, the DOD method), not just dumped.

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    Default Re: Clean up your mess!

    Cat, Eraser seems to be working.

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    Default Re: Clean up your mess!

    I believe that I've used that tool in the past, Maxx. Back in my XP days.

    Will check it out again, it's probably changed (for the better) since I've last used it.

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: Clean up your mess!

    Just curious..... how is it that you think a professional HD data thief is going to get a hold of your hard drive?

    After a weekly HD Maintenance (cleanup) routine, a defrag should also be done. That can overwrite old data with new data.
    I go a step further: After I do a full C: drive backup, and I've Checked the image file for integrity, I do a Restore, which over writes the entire C: drive, including the MBR and master directory.

    Just because you do remote banking with your PC, does not mean that confidential data is stored on your HD.

    A few years ago, I set up a secure maintenance routine for a friend who was also paranoid.
    Sure enough, his drive was confiscated by court order, suspecting that there was some info on there pertaining to an open court case, against another party.
    A forensic expert was given the drive to try to extract any information. I read his report in which he stated that the drive appeared to have just been Formatted. Voila!
    Yeah, it was, several months before. rofl

    I guess the key is to NEVER store sensitive data on your HD, if you think it may ever fall into unfriendly hands.
    I do all my banking via my computer, but there is not one bit of info stored on my Hard Drive.

    Sorry, I'm a little off my own topic. "What are y'all doing to keep your own Hard Drive clean?"

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    Default Re: Clean up your mess!

    About once every couple of months, after a CCleaner run & defrag, I run CCleaner's "drive wiper" function. Overwrites a lot of stuff.

    And any time prior to installing an OS, I use Mini Tool Partition Home Wizard's boot disk, and run a 3x overwrite in the empty space as part of my pre-install preparation for the new OS. Formatting or overwriting info by making the disk space larger doesn't truly overwrite anything.

    In the past, I've done re-installs, using the recovery key, and afterwards installed Recuva. Although during the re-install process, the HDD is being shown as formatted, Recuva finds a lot of files that weren't overwritten. Photos & other images, deleted files, Recuva can recover them, even if they're in poor condition.

    This is why I like to do a drive wipe whenever I re-install my OS. It's all gone. Perhaps the CIA can find bits & pieces of this & that, at a high cost, but a DOD (3x) wipe prevents most options for recovery of sensitive data.

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    If I am going to use all of a used drive for a new install I run KillDisk on it first.
    It over writes everything and removes all partitions.

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    KillDisk & DBAN are great options for complete data destruction, the only thing is, my recovery partition would be torched. I've used both in the past, where a couple of users wanted their entire drive wiped. So I backed up the recovery partition, then used KillDisk on one, another friend preferred DBAN (& an unnecessary 35x wipe). That method, along with the number of wipes, took over 48 hours on a 1TB HDD. That's overkill.

    A DOD (3x) wipe is plenty good. If it's good enough for military standards, it's good enough for me.

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    Dban has some issues and sometimes won't run.
    That's why I use KillDisk more often.

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    DBAN takes too long to run, I know that much. Haven't had trouble getting it to run, except on one occasion. The dude had bad RAM, DBAN loads into memory to run, you can actually pop the disk out once it's going.

    Is this the version of KillDisk that you're referring to? If so, a single sweep is not enough for me, which is what comes with the free version. There are too many other free tools to be paying for the Pro version. The only security standards are the one pass zeros option. I have to have 3 sweeps.

    Erase hard drive by Active@ KillDisk. Low Level Format.

    Cat

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