Wipe free space or take image and wipe entire disk?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by exus69, Apr 21, 2014.

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  1. exus69

    exus69 Registered Member

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    Hello,

    Read some of the stuff regarding wiping disks and securely deleting files. From what I've understood, after deleting (not securely) files they become part of the unallocated(free) space of the HDD. So if I want to securely delete the deleted files should I wipe the free space only or by keeping this link in mind https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/31390/whats-a-good-secure-file-deleter?rq=1
    take image of the C drive and then wipe the entire drive and finally restore the image??

    Disk: 500GB magnetic platter drive.
    OS: Windows XP
    Filesystem: NTFS

    Please help

    P.S. : I am doing normal backup(only used space) using Acronis True Image and not sector-by-sector backup(used + unallocated space). Can I still go ahead with the backup image, full disk wipe, restore image route??
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Yes, you can do that. You will also need to restore the MBR and Disk Signature.

    The TeraByte trio; IFW, IFD, IFL have a wipe option...


     
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  3. exus69

    exus69 Registered Member

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    Thank you Brian :)
     
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