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I was at my friends house and he had a computer on his driveway awaiting a garbage pickup. He said someone spilled beer on it at a house party he had and wouldn't turn on afterwards.

I asked to get a look at it, and he said ok. Well i took it apart and found that there was a short of some sort apparent by the burn marks by the 8 pin cpu connector... it refused to turn on or post and was probably completely dead.

I noticed an ssd in there that seemed to be unaffected and he said i could have it. The only thing is this guy has never invested in a antivirus software. It probably has a crapload of viruses since he is a frequenter of downloading pirated stuff from torrents. Will wiping the ssd with ccleaner get all the viruses that might be in the ssd?

EDIT: there is a 'wipe' option in the utilities... one pass, three passes, and nsa level 7 pases? Is that the same thing as killdisk?
Edited by badatgames18 - 4/18/11 at 10:37pm
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Killdisk will. It'll zero the entire drive.

Edit: tmk, ccleaner isn't an antivirus piece of software. It's just a junk remover for temp files and what not that tend to build up over time.

Edit 2: Well holy crap. I've been using ccleaner for years, and I never saw it had the drive wiping option. I learned something.
Edited by Aeschylus - 4/18/11 at 10:50pm
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I'm just impressed that you got a free SSD.
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it's only 40gb prolly just going to put some games on it for faster load times.

but again ccleaner has a wipe option... isn't that the same thing as killdisk? or is it different..

EDIT: what about boot sector viruses?
Edited by badatgames18 - 4/18/11 at 10:56pm
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Just format it, problem solved. Don't bother with using multiple passes
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Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post
it's only 40gb prolly just going to put some games on it for faster load times.

but again ccleaner has a wipe option... isn't that the same thing as killdisk? or is it different..

EDIT: what about boot sector viruses?
The free version of killdisk runs zeroes across your drive once, I'm not sure how ccleaner operates. Usually formatting doesn't technically 'erase' data, it just ignores it all.

I'd be really impressed if the thing had a boot sector virus. That's nerdtastic. You're probably fine. In any case if you zero the drive, there's nothing left on any of the sectors. Problem solved.

And he's right, just formatting with windows is most likely sufficient. Killdisk for me is peace of mind. Data's gone. Only forensics people would be able to get it back at that point.
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Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
Usually formatting doesn't technically 'erase' data, it just ignores it all.
Quick format just ignores the data. A full format zeroes the drive. You can tell the difference because a quick format takes a matter of seconds while a full format takes increasingly longer with bigger drives. It took about 15 minutes for windows to do a full format of one of my 1TB drives.
    
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