When you are planning to sell your computer or pass it onto someone else, you might not think at first just how harmful that can be. Sure, you may format the hard disk, assuming that all of the data on it is deleted and that no one will be able to retrieve your data.
In reality, however, things are a little bit different. When you delete a file or format your hard disk or any other kind of media, you're not actually deleting anything at all.
All formatting a disk or deleting a file does is mark the previously occupied disk space as free space. This means that other data can overwrite it in the future. Eventually, the deleted data will be overwritten so many times that it will become completely irretrievable. One format or deletion is nothing like enough, however.
When you pass along your computer, hard drive included, you need to make absolutely sure that the disk is completely wiped of any sensitive information. You must wipe hard drive data. These days, we use our computers for many different purposes, including Internet banking and online purchases. This means that you will probably have your financial information stored on the computer.
In addition to that, you likely have plenty of other data stored on your computer which you wouldn't want to fall into the wrong hands. When someone else has access to your hard disk, formatted or not, they can, theoretically, access this data. One does not even have to be particularly computer-savvy to do so. Recovery software designed for getting back deleted data is everywhere these days, and it certainly doesn't take an expert computer user to recover deleted data.
So, what should be done about this problem? Active@ KillDisk is the ultimate solution to properly erase hard drive data, ensuring that no one can ever retrieve your personal or financial information.
If you are selling your computer, hard drive or other storage media, this is absolutely essential. Active@ KillDisk is designed to remove everything. How does it work? It's actually pretty simple.
All of the data stored on your hard drive is stored in the form of numbers; ones and zeros. Overwriting this digital data once will make it extremely difficult and, in many cases, impossible, to recover the data. Overwriting the old data multiple times makes it completely impossible to recover, even using the most advanced techniques. However, to ensure complete deletion of data, Active@ KillDisk also uses some more advanced methods to erase hard drive and other data.
The program supports many security standards from many different countries, including the US DoD 5220.22-M standard. The program will display information about your hard disk and all of its partitions. It also works with other media such as floppy disks, USB drives and other flash media. It can erase all partitions, including any hidden partitions which don't show up in your operating system.
Once the job is done, Active@ KillDisk will provide a detailed report showing you what has been accomplished. The software works with all versions of Windows and you can also create a bootable disk to use with your computer. If you want to secure your old data and get rid of it for good, Active@ KillDisk is here to help!