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Anonymous
August 26, 2005 12:14:41 PM

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I remember from within the last month using a cmd line tool
in XP which basically scrubs the unused portions of the hd
by doing a 3 pass write of 0s and 1s on the drive. Problem
is I forgot the file name. Anyone know it off hand?

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Anonymous
August 26, 2005 12:30:10 PM

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Mike Mueller wrote:
> I remember from within the last month using a cmd line tool
> in XP which basically scrubs the unused portions of the hd
> by doing a 3 pass write of 0s and 1s on the drive. Problem
> is I forgot the file name. Anyone know it off hand?
>
>

I know of no native Windows program to do that but this may be of help:

http://www.webmasterfree.com/software/Security-Privacy/...

Steve
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 12:56:24 PM

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How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309000

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Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups

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"Mike Mueller" wrote:

| I remember from within the last month using a cmd line tool
| in XP which basically scrubs the unused portions of the hd
| by doing a 3 pass write of 0s and 1s on the drive. Problem
| is I forgot the file name. Anyone know it off hand?
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Anonymous
August 26, 2005 12:56:25 PM

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Carey Frisch [MVP] wrote:

> How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309000
>

This has nothing to do with the OP's question. Quit wasting other
people's time and take the time to investigate things, clown.

Steve
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 4:53:37 PM

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c:\windows\system32\cipher.exe /w:c:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/d...
Excerpt:
-The Cipher.exe command-line utility may be used to
overwrite deallocated file clusters on the NTFS disk to
reduce the risk of discovery of plaintext shreds left over
from file conversion. Cipher.exe /W makes three disk write
passes on all unused clusters on the disk. The first pass
writes 0. The second pass writes 0xF. The third pass writes
pseudorandom data.


"Mike Mueller" <MyName@ecinet.net.net> wrote in message
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:I remember from within the last month using a cmd line tool
: in XP which basically scrubs the unused portions of the hd
: by doing a 3 pass write of 0s and 1s on the drive. Problem
: is I forgot the file name. Anyone know it off hand?
:
:
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 5:24:32 PM

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"Steve N." <Steve_N@nunya.biz.nes> wrote in message
news:u2mqVNlqFHA.528@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Carey Frisch [MVP] wrote:
>
>> How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309000
>>
>
> This has nothing to do with the OP's question. Quit wasting other people's
> time and take the time to investigate things, clown.
>
> Steve

But don't you get it, to get that nice lilttle MVP status and the benefits
that come with it, you're obligated to copy and paste Microsoft
KnowledgeBase URL's only... doesn't really matter if they have anything to
do with what the OP asked. :-o

I'm being sarcastic here (at least I think I am, maybe not, I'm not
sure... )

I know there are some people that deserve it, kudos to PA Bear and others
like him who really try to understand the OP's questions and to do more than
copy and paste MS URL's.

--
Mike
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 5:24:33 PM

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Mike Brearley wrote:

> "Steve N." <Steve_N@nunya.biz.nes> wrote in message
> news:u2mqVNlqFHA.528@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>
>>Carey Frisch [MVP] wrote:
>>
>>
>>>How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
>>>http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309000
>>>
>>
>>This has nothing to do with the OP's question. Quit wasting other people's
>>time and take the time to investigate things, clown.
>>
>>Steve
>
>
> But don't you get it, to get that nice lilttle MVP status and the benefits
> that come with it, you're obligated to copy and paste Microsoft
> KnowledgeBase URL's only... doesn't really matter if they have anything to
> do with what the OP asked. :-o
>
> I'm being sarcastic here (at least I think I am, maybe not, I'm not
> sure... )

In Carey's case you pretty much hit the nail on the head.

>
> I know there are some people that deserve it, kudos to PA Bear and others
> like him who really try to understand the OP's questions and to do more than
> copy and paste MS URL's.
>
> --
> Mike

Most MVPs are wonderful but Carey isn't one of them.

Steve
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 7:35:13 PM

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cipher.exe

cipher /w

Open a command prompt...
Start | Run | Type: cmd | Click OK |
Type:

cipher /?

Hit your Enter key.

/W
[[Removes data from available unused disk space on the entire
volume. If this option is chosen, all other options are ignored.
The directory specified can be anywhere in a local volume. If it
is a mount point or points to a directory in another volume, the
data on that volume will be removed.]]

HOW TO: Use Cipher.exe to Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;814599

How To Use Cipher.exe to Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315672

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:uCFlLBkqFHA.3352@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl,
Mike Mueller <MyName@ecinet.net.net> hunted and pecked:
> I remember from within the last month using a cmd line tool
> in XP which basically scrubs the unused portions of the hd
> by doing a 3 pass write of 0s and 1s on the drive. Problem
> is I forgot the file name. Anyone know it off hand?
Anonymous
August 27, 2005 3:36:23 PM

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Mike,

There's a third party defrag program called Vopt, it also has the
functionality of cleaning a hard drive (the empty space of). I think you get
a 40 day free trial before having to pay for it. One word, when cleaning
free space up, it can take years. Good defrag app though.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/Vop...

- Winux P


"Mike Mueller" <MyName@ecinet.net.net> wrote in message
news:uCFlLBkqFHA.3352@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>I remember from within the last month using a cmd line tool
> in XP which basically scrubs the unused portions of the hd
> by doing a 3 pass write of 0s and 1s on the drive. Problem
> is I forgot the file name. Anyone know it off hand?
>
>
Anonymous
August 27, 2005 3:36:24 PM

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Restoration, which is free can also make it almost impossible to restore all
deleted files.

Restoration Version 2.5.14 Author: Brian Kato
http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/RESTORATION.html

Description
[[Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin or deleted while
holding down the Shift key by mistake. Conversely, this program has another
function that makes it almost impossible to restore all deleted files. You
can use it after deletion of confidential documents, embarrassing files and
so on.]]

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:%23axgYfqqFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
Winux P <winuxp@msnews.grp> hunted and pecked:
> Mike,
>
> There's a third party defrag program called Vopt, it also has the
> functionality of cleaning a hard drive (the empty space of). I think you
> get a 40 day free trial before having to pay for it. One word, when
> cleaning free space up, it can take years. Good defrag app though.
>
> http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/Vop...
>
> - Winux P
>
>
> "Mike Mueller" <MyName@ecinet.net.net> wrote in message
> news:uCFlLBkqFHA.3352@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> I remember from within the last month using a cmd line tool
>> in XP which basically scrubs the unused portions of the hd
>> by doing a 3 pass write of 0s and 1s on the drive. Problem
>> is I forgot the file name. Anyone know it off hand?
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