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Help! How to delete files permanently from Hard Drive?

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Hey guys,

I need some help regarding deleting files permanently from my Hard Drive.

I got my replacement HD today for a hard drive I purchased weeks ago and am about to move the files over from the old hard drive to the new replacement hard drive. I was wondering what would be the best way to delete all files, make it unrecoverable or the hard drive totally clean before I return it.

I know of some people recommending ccleaner, killdisk or dban, but which one is simplest and easiest? I have ccleaner already installed in my comp, but does it guarantee a complete deletion?

Any help would be appreciated.
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DBan.
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DBan.

have you tried the other programs? if so, what are your thoughts about em?
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Agreed- DBan is the way to go. It's easy, reputable, and secure. thumb.gif
    
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If i'm not mistaken, dban will write 1s and 0s effectively erasing the data on every sector, so yes, dban should do the trick.
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okay thanks very much guys. I'll go ahead and use DBAN then.
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