need "cleaning" help

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  1. forango

    forango New Member

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    Ok, so my job is "upgrading" our computer system and mine is up to be replaced tonight.

    I am not saying there is anything bad or wrong on my computer, but if there is how would I go about cleaning it off my pc? I have had this same pc for 6-7 years now and am not sure if I will get in trouble for all my car crap on it etc etc etc...

    My main concern is potential stuff on the hard drive itself. Anything I can do? I know there is a way to get in through the C: screen as the pc is booting, but have no clue how...can anyone advise?
     
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    c: screen? dos prompt? why?

    just search for all your crap and use Eraser: http://www.heidi.ie/node/6
    Eraser can be used to delete/shred any file or folder.
    Eraser also use dban to wipe the entire drive.
     
  3. forango

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    that is just it..I have searched everywhere I know to search and did nto find anything..but I am not exactly a computer guru either, so I figured I was missing something. lol

    If you "wipe the entire drive", does that render the PC useless? lol

    Like i said before there may very well be nothing to be concerened with, i am just trying to cover my bases just in case.
     
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    don't worry about it. your IT dept will likely just wipe the machine, anyway.
     
  5. forango

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    that is what I am hoping for.
     
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    If they were going to search your machine for "car stuff" then they probably would have done it already remotely.
     
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    wiping the entire drive will erase everything including the OS.

    I guess this depends on how paranoid are you.

    even if you didn't miss anything,... deleted files can still be recovered.

    just talk to those guys who will do the upgrade. tell them that you have used it for a long time and would prefer to wipe the drive to protect your personal info. Better yet,.. you could also offer to replace/buy the drive from them and take the old drive home.

    this is common practice. a lot of people do this so they won't get fired, or go to jail because of child porn, or risk personal data (e.g. credit card info) getting recovered by someone else.

    if you honestly think that this isn't a big deal,... not much you can do but exert all efforts to find those files and hope that they wouldn't care if they find anything.
     
  8. forango

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    Well, i am leaving in 10 minutes...I guess I have done all I can do...not really overyl worried, just trying to cover my bases.
     

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