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Posted: March 31st, 2010, 4:34am Report to Moderator
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I have an old hard disk which I wished to completely erase before disposing of it. I formatted it, then used Eraser, which I fondly imagined would leave me with a completely blank disk, but I find I have a recycle bin (which I guess I can ignore, as it does not refer to this disk) and a "System Volume Information" folder. This has a sub-folder "_restore{D8696F73-2D76-412A-A981-4300C43EF86F}", which in turn has a sub-folder "RP1232" containing a file "change.log", none of which can be deleted, even after changing the properties to be no longer read-only. I trust Eraser to have overwritten all my personal information, but am puzzled about the remaining bits and pieces. Any clues, anyone, please?
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Posted: March 31st, 2010, 8:02am Report to Moderator
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   Formatting a drive removes everything from the drive.  It does not leave anything.  Either you did not format the drive or what you see on the drive is really on a different drive.
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Posted: April 3rd, 2010, 8:38am Report to Moderator
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Ray, thank you for that. I've done a few experiments since your reply and I find that, while formatting does indeed leave nothing on the disk, Eraser doesn't do the same! As soon as it starts, it immediately writes the things I found previously (except the reference to the Recycle Bin), but formatting again duly removed them again. I must say, that behaviour seems a bit odd, but I guess I have to live with it. I also found that Eraser reported an error if I left Windows Explorer open, but not if I closed it. Thanks for your comments, anyway.
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