Secure file deletion... is UltraSentry any good?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by cthorpe, Jan 19, 2007.

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  1. cthorpe

    cthorpe Registered Member

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    I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place for this, so please move it should be somewhere else.

    Has anyone used UltraSentry (http://www.ultrasentry.com/) for secure file deletion, scrubbing unused space, etc? What are your thoughts? I know that the company that makes the program makes highly regarded programs such as UltraEdit.

    Right now, UltraSentry 3.0 and a full year of updates is being offered for free through a TrialPay system.

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  2. squash

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    Personally I would only trust and use
    http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/

    It's free and open source and erases things better than most other commercial programs I have seen.
     
  3. EASTER.2010

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    Currently this is my mediocre method of securely clearing away excess leftover deleted files from any recovery. If i stored defense secrets i would probably find some way to hide them under the metal disc patter. :D

    Anyway what i do is use the usual reg cleaners like Eusing/RegSupremePro/ for abandoned or unused reg entries, then CCleaner/WindowWasher/ClearProg to sweep up finished session internet and local typings :)

    I then turn to RESTORATION which is chiefly intended as a file recovery program but also doubles as a DELETE COMPLETELY files/folders that been deleted as well as filename references. It takes some time but believe you me your PC runs quicker without those laying on disc. It's just something else your drive head has to hesitate & climb over that IMO bogs the system down if only somewhat noticibly.

    To verify BEFORE & AFTER deletion i use UndeletePlus which lists at the start whether any files that been deleted are still intact enough to recover or not. RESTORATION finishes the task of deletion if any are recoverable.

    That's it. Works great for my units and partitions.

    The above use of ERASER recommended i support wholeheartily myself too although i have never used it to erase files (cluster tips) on a whole drive cleanup, only individual files/folders and usually set at either 3 passes or 7.

    You know that whole buzz about secure deletion is pretty much a myth to me. I do notice a difference in reaction time on any Windows Re-Install after i zero my hard drives (twice). Like before, it gives Windows Installer less leftover writings to have to stumble over irregardless of format or not.

    Open up a lid on a Hard Drive sometime and look at that thin metal wheel. That would be so easy to dismember if you absolutely wanted to eradicate it's former contents. I read where some people have used a drill and sander to scuff it beyond recognition but i hardly doubt any of us would have a reason to go to such fearful extremes as that.
     
  4. Aspirin

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    I like Eraser as well.

    Apart from secure file erasing it also does secure file moving within your computer, which not everyone would think about.
     
  5. Carver

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    That is on version 8.82 which is unstable, it will work on some systems. Read the posts on Heidi Computers Ltd Support forum http://www.cipherserver.com/phpbb2/index.php . I went back to Eraser 5.7,secure moving still can be done with Eraser 5.7 but you have to go back and erase the source files yourself.
     
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