Question about Disk Utility Erase option

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  1. MacNY macrumors newbie

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    When using the 35-Pass option of the free space erasing option of Disk Utility, is it possible to still recover deleted files?
     
  2. mcdj macrumors 604

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    By most accounts the Gutman method (35-pass) is overkill. Not to mention it takes forever. Unless you are a CIA spook, you don't need it. Many say a disk can't be recovered even after 2 passes.
     
  3. Purple Pelican macrumors member

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    But if you're really paranoid and you're disposing of an old computer, you can always drill through the disk and physically destroy it... Or you could use TNT:D
     
  4. MacNY thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, really didn't know it was that effective.
     
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  6. ferdberfel macrumors newbie

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    clearing files that have already been deleted?

    what's the best option of clearing disk space for files that were previously deleted, but not securely deleted? are there utilities out there that will zap free disk space (meaning - NOT zapping the entire disk..)

    tia
     
  7. iShater macrumors 604

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    Disk Utility offers erasing free space.
     
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