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Old 04-03-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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A strong magnet works quite well. Just make sure the drive is not in the computer when you do it.
But destroys the servo information on the platters, destroying the drive along with the data. Sledge hammers, drill presses, .357 Magnum, are all also as efficient at destroying data and the drive, and like with the magnet be sure to remove the drive from the computer first.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Freeport, MN
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Thanks for your help and advice!
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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but destroys the servo information on the platters, destroying the drive along with the data. Sledge hammers, drill presses, .357 magnum, are all also as efficient at destroying data and the drive, and like with the magnet be sure to remove the drive from the computer first.

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Old 04-06-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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But destroys the servo information on the platters, destroying the drive along with the data. Sledge hammers, drill presses, .357 Magnum, are all also as efficient at destroying data and the drive, and like with the magnet be sure to remove the drive from the computer first.
Depending on one's lever of frustration with the computer , sledge hammers, drill presses and/or .357 Magnums could be quite therapeutic and possibly cheaper than seeing a mental health professional.
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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McAfee has a facility to erase the disk 7 times, and claims that once you do this, you cannot restore. Anyone has an opinion on this?
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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The DOD standards for erasing data refer to 3 or 7 passes to clear the media, depending on what was stored on it. For non-secret data, one pass is binary 0's, the second is binary 1's and the third is random with verify. The more passes you make the less likely the FBI is to ever find traces of your data.

There are many free disk cleaning programs, such as Derik's Boot and Nuke, that have been discusses here before. If McAfee's product is sold, it probably isn't worth the money.
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Old 04-06-2009, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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The DOD standards for erasing data refer to 3 or 7 passes to clear the media, depending on what was stored on it. For non-secret data, one pass is binary 0's, the second is binary 1's and the third is random with verify. The more passes you make the less likely the FBI is to ever find traces of your data.

There are many free disk cleaning programs, such as Derik's Boot and Nuke, that have been discusses here before. If McAfee's product is sold, it probably isn't worth the money.
There is no extra cost to this feature. It is just part of the regular file cleanup function of McAfee.
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