Is using a program to completely wipe my drive or rewrite empty space on my drive worth doing?

Is using a program to completely wipe my drive or rewrite empty space on my drive worth doing?
Let's say I wanna sell my PC but I don't want them to retrieve my deleted files, which program should I use?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What are you trying to hide so much?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      information that could lead to hillary clintons arrest

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      im paranoid about online safety and privacy.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        the government is spending every waking hour making sure they're tracking some moron who has a basic understanding of computers, you are a threat 2 society

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just do a fresh install on a new drive, dummy.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just overwrite it with urandom and zeroes, maybe encrypt it a few times with random password. After about 20 cycles you are fine.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Im using pseudorandom (1 pass) on unused space right now for testing and its slow as frick.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Let it run through night then

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It is slow as frick. Which is why the government standard is to physically destroy disks rather than overwrite them 7 times (which is considered completely secure) and sell them as surplus

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    dd

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if it is an ssd just do a secure erase (pretty sure most mobo brands include an easy way to do it in their bios now.)
    if it's an hdd then you have to run dban for a few days

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Is using a program to completely wipe my drive or rewrite empty space on my drive worth doing?
      this this this this this
      >but I don't want them to retrieve my deleted files
      ?

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if you're that paranoid just sell the PC without the drive, or install a new one in it. Then destroy the old one

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    fyi if youre using an ssd and a section fails it will be hidden and you cannot overwrite it but feds can read it

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      the government is spending every waking hour making sure they're tracking some moron who has a basic understanding of computers, you are a threat 2 society

      i never said anything about that. im planning on selling the pc and i dont want someone digging throughmy shit.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The test just finished but with warnings. It said in the program's log that lots of cluster tips werent erased whatever that means.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    DISK DESTROYER :^)
    encypt the drive live boot linux then dd zero the drive a few times.
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=4M status=progress; sync [code/]

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    no, use encryption and then just delete the key

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just use bleachbit and use shred -uz when deleting files instead of rm. It's good enough for Hillary and it's good enough for you. Don't overthink it.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Completely wipe and reformat all drives which don't contain the OS. Setup OS thumb drive. Swap the main drive to an empty, formatted one. Remove all other drives. Fresh install the OS. Wipe and reformat the drive containing old OS. Shit like freezing RAM and reverse engineering old data on disk is only used to prosecute terrorists and drug kingpins. The feds don't have the resources to go after every dickhead's hard drive, and whoever you're selling this PC to probably doesn't care what you did on it whatsoever. More than anything I've suggested so far, I'd urge you to unironically consider taking meds if you wanting to sell some PC parts is predicated by schizophrenic fears. Alternatively, stop doing whatever illegal/unethical shit you're doing that's got you so paranoid in the first place. No need to pretend you aren't doing this to save face. No normal person without blood on their hands is this worried about someone looking at a deleted file on a 2nd hand SSD, something a fraction of a fraction of the population is even tech-savvy enough to know how to do in the first place. Pic unrel.

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