• Data Shredding software

last modified April 19, 2018 by strypey

Generally people's private data is pretty safely deleted if you delete all the partitions on the hard drive. That's because although all that data is still there (until the space is written over by new data), you need some pretty specialist tools to copy it off the drive, and reconstruct it into readable files. But if you're a person who would be really embarrassed by somebody reconstructing your furry pr0n collection from the old computer you donated to a children's charity, you're pretty safe using a tool like DD as a Destroyer of Disks, overwriting every bit of the drive with 1s and 0s.

However, there are a few pieces of software which claim to 'shred' the contents of the drive, by overwriting them multiple times:

Some of these tools are discussed in: