Ccleaner For Erasing Hard Drives

Dear Computer Lady,

I just read your recent newsletter article regarding Darik’s Boot & Nuke program.

I use a program called Ccleaner and it has a “Drive Wiper” included in the “Tools” section that will overright just the empty space on your hard drive or the whole hard drive.

It also lets you select 1, 3, 7, or 35 overwrite passes. This program is a free download through CNET.

Thank you for your newsletters. I have been reading them for years and they have been very helpful.


Dear Omer,

Thank you for sharing the tip, I do use Ccleaner occasionally to clean out temporary files on computers, and it is a safe and easy program to use.

The only problem with overwriting just the empty space on your hard drive before donating a computer is that it is nearly impossible to find every bit of personal information on the computer so you can delete it before running Ccleaner.

While Ccleaner does have the option to erase the whole hard drive, it cannot erase the C: drive which is where all your personal information is stored.



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    • ron007
    • April 7, 2013

    I agree with Elizabeth. Your best approach is to use DBAN to wipe then drive then re-install windows from backup disks or refresh partition so the computer is “factory fresh” for the new owner.

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