delete-undelete format-erase??

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    delete-undelete format-erase??

    i know if you delete something from HD you can "undelete"
    and i always thought that if you formatted the HD that no data was left on it ??
    now ive stumbled in this site
    http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/
    plzz have a look

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    When you delete something, it is not actually deleted but moved to a special folder (recycle bin). If you empty the recycle bin, the file is removed. The info keeping track on where it is stored that is. The actual 1:s and 0:s on the HD still remains, but are allowed to be overwritten if a new file is created. Using certain programs, this data can be reclaimed and the files recreated. Of course, if you overwrite it, with that program (Eraser) for example, it is gone forever...
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    so if i say this command in dos on startup
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    format c:
    not all the data will be gone ?

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    There was a thread on the GF board on this exact same topic a bit ago. Search for it.

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    Originally posted by GanglyLamb
    so if i say this command in dos on startup
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    format c:
    not all the data will be gone ?
    Maybe all data will be gone, be sure if you do a quick format '/q' not all data will be gone...

    To delete ALL data, run fdisk, delete de partitions, create a new one, and than format it.

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    thx all of you, i was just curious because there was an article in the newspaper and i just wanted to know more bout this topic.

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    Ive a program that will even retrive after a fdisk its caled R-studio
    its realy good but takes ages.
    The only real way to get rid of all your data is to do a low level format, some bios let you do it.
    Its what they do at the factory before any format is done on the disk

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