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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
    That's pretty much it. Looking for a free download program that works that can do a data wipe on a Mac and or PC

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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
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    Do you mean completely zero the hard drive or just strip personal data off but leave the OS in place?
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    I like the idea for both actually.

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    So if there are any recommendations of a program that i can download for a Mac to do a data wipe to just delete data files that would be good. Also any recommendations for a program that will do a complete 0 wipe.

    The same goes for the PC if there are any recommendations

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    Will securely emptying the trash not suffice?

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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
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    Love that "free, of course". Everyone wants free software. Well, except for software developers, of course.

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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
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    Yes. Your original operating system DVDs or operating system OS X.7,8 or 9, on your thumb drive.
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    Excluding using the OS cd to do this....I want to be able to download a portable program that can wipe a harddrive clean of all important documents and keep the OS for both Mac and PC computers

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    thats harder because in windows it stores personal files in hidden recycle bin so people can still get your data on mac you need the restore disks to do a system wipe

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    chas_m
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    This is starting to sound like we're helping someone who is up to either nefarious or malicious purposes.

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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    This is starting to sound like we're helping someone who is up to either nefarious or malicious purposes.
    Well, I was wondering the same as the thread developed? BTW - what does the yellow dot under the OP's number of posts mean? Dave
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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
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    Quote Originally Posted by RadDave View Post
    Well, I was wondering the same as the thread developed? BTW - what does the yellow dot under the OP's number of posts mean? Dave
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    Place your cursor over the yellow dot and let it hover there for a moment and read what it says.

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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Place your cursor over the yellow dot and let it hover there for a moment and read what it says.
    Thanks Chscag - hovered over the dot(s) of a number members, different messages pop up (w/ some being the same) - curious, are these assigned, chosen by number of posts, or a combination? Thanks for the hint - Dave

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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
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    Need a data wipe program from both Mac and PC free of course
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    I'd never noticed that hovering on the dots did this. Learn something new every day.
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