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MarMac2002
2004-02-18 01:08:57 EST
Hello, newbie here!!

I just bought a used Dell Computer about 3 weeks ago. The owner of the
computer told me that he had reformatted the HD. I asked him about anything
on the computer that shouldn't be on there and he told me that he had once
subscribed to several porn sites, but that they were gone since he had
reformatted.

However, I was watching on TV the other night and someone was arrested for
having child porn on a computer and he was claiming that he had purchased it
from a guy who told him that he had reformatted the HD, and that it wasn't
really the current owner, but the previous owner and that, even reformatting
does not remove all signs of that. I don't even know if that made sense or
not.

I have seen ads for programs like "Evidence Eliminator" and "Clean Sweep"
that are supposedly "fool proof" in removing EVERYTHING from the hard drive
and that there is no way anyone can recover it. Do these things work, or
should I just go to Best Buy and buy a new 60 GB HD and throw the old one
away?

Any advice would be appreciated.

MarMac




Kaumilka
2004-02-19 20:06:09 EST
No, after formatting hard disk, nothing can happen, but if he has just
deleted the folders, then it only deletes the starting address of the
file and not the whole file, so I dont think there is any problem


"MarMac2002" <mcco9278@bellsouth.net> wrote in message news:<riDYb.22870$kR3.11790@bignews4.bellsouth.net>...
> Hello, newbie here!!
>
> I just bought a used Dell Computer about 3 weeks ago. The owner of the
> computer told me that he had reformatted the HD. I asked him about anything
> on the computer that shouldn't be on there and he told me that he had once
> subscribed to several porn sites, but that they were gone since he had
> reformatted.
>
> However, I was watching on TV the other night and someone was arrested for
> having child porn on a computer and he was claiming that he had purchased it
> from a guy who told him that he had reformatted the HD, and that it wasn't
> really the current owner, but the previous owner and that, even reformatting
> does not remove all signs of that. I don't even know if that made sense or
> not.
>
> I have seen ads for programs like "Evidence Eliminator" and "Clean Sweep"
> that are supposedly "fool proof" in removing EVERYTHING from the hard drive
> and that there is no way anyone can recover it. Do these things work, or
> should I just go to Best Buy and buy a new 60 GB HD and throw the old one
> away?
>
> Any advice would be appreciated.
>
> MarMac

Steve Hayes
2004-02-20 12:05:17 EST
On Wed, 18 Feb 2004 00:08:57 -0600, "MarMac2002" <mcco9278@bellsouth.net>
wrote:

>I have seen ads for programs like "Evidence Eliminator" and "Clean Sweep"
>that are supposedly "fool proof" in removing EVERYTHING from the hard drive
>and that there is no way anyone can recover it. Do these things work, or
>should I just go to Best Buy and buy a new 60 GB HD and throw the old one
>away?

If the drive has been reformatted, then if there is any porn there, it won't
pop up unexpectedly unles you really go looking for it.


--
Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/stevesig.htm
E-mail - see web page, or parse: shayes at dunelm full stop org full stop uk

John Oden
2004-02-26 10:48:15 EST
h*w@hotmail.com (Steve Hayes) wrote in message news:<4036176b.3161907@news.saix.net>...
> On Wed, 18 Feb 2004 00:08:57 -0600, "MarMac2002" <mcco9278@bellsouth.net>
> wrote:
>
> >I have seen ads for programs like "Evidence Eliminator" and "Clean Sweep"
> >that are supposedly "fool proof" in removing EVERYTHING from the hard drive
> >and that there is no way anyone can recover it. Do these things work, or
> >should I just go to Best Buy and buy a new 60 GB HD and throw the old one
> >away?
>
> If the drive has been reformatted, then if there is any porn there, it won't
> pop up unexpectedly unles you really go looking for it.

You could sweep the HD using PGP, but criminal actions require intent.
If you never intended to acquire raunchy stuff, then you don't need
to worry about it.

John Oden jvofnr@yahoo.com

E13
2004-03-05 11:28:32 EST
use a programme like BCWipe or Blancco
they do a standard government wipe of 3 wipes
one is all 1's
one is all 0's
one is a combination of both


"MarMac2002" <mcco9278@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
news:riDYb.22870$kR3.11790@bignews4.bellsouth.net...
> Hello, newbie here!!
>
> I just bought a used Dell Computer about 3 weeks ago. The owner of the
> computer told me that he had reformatted the HD. I asked him about
anything
> on the computer that shouldn't be on there and he told me that he had once
> subscribed to several porn sites, but that they were gone since he had
> reformatted.
>
> However, I was watching on TV the other night and someone was arrested for
> having child porn on a computer and he was claiming that he had purchased
it
> from a guy who told him that he had reformatted the HD, and that it wasn't
> really the current owner, but the previous owner and that, even
reformatting
> does not remove all signs of that. I don't even know if that made sense or
> not.
>
> I have seen ads for programs like "Evidence Eliminator" and "Clean Sweep"
> that are supposedly "fool proof" in removing EVERYTHING from the hard
drive
> and that there is no way anyone can recover it. Do these things work, or
> should I just go to Best Buy and buy a new 60 GB HD and throw the old one
> away?
>
> Any advice would be appreciated.
>
> MarMac
>
>
>


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