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Delete a personal word doc from a Laptop being returned to former employer

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End user has to return a company laptop but has two word docs that he doesnt want retrieved.

Is there a sure way to delete these files or is there always a chance / risk that remnants will remain?

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Use a free program called eraser and erase the files.

http://eraser.heidi.ie/ >
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You can find the same ability in CCleaner.

HTH,
Dan
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by:rindi
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CCleaner can securely erase and overwrite any unused space on an HD. I tried finding files later using getdataback (the best recovery utility available to the public), and wasn't able to retrieve any data.

But professional recovery agencies who use the highly expensive professional equipment and who can open up a disk for the recovery, might be able to recover the data.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/portable
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by:aadih
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Eraser is better. It provides several options to 'wipe out' the file.
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by:Dan Craciun
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And I can shoot farther.
delete options
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by:aadih
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And I can shoot farther.  ~ Dan Craciun

More power to you!

The user will do what (s)he'll do, however.
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by:Dan Craciun
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:) Your argument: Eraser is better, because it provides several options to 'wipe out' the file.

Well, bummer. CCleaner has multiple options also...
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by:aadih
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Already known. Have been using both since their birth.

A user comments on the subject (that I think applies here) from one of the fora's (on which one is better)

" ... It may in fact be that CCleaner is more suited to your needs than Eraser (I use both and regard them as complementary), but I'd rather not jump to that conclusion until I know a little more about your system..."
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by:Dan Craciun
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@aadih: I've no idea which one is better. I was simply amused by your argument.
Trying to prove that Eraser is better, you chose out of (possibly) multiple options, one that can be said about both programs.
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by:aadih
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I was not clear, perhaps. I want(ed) to say that in my experience eraser is better.

No arguments, proofs, etc.  If I knew where my sloppiness would lead me, I'd have been extremely clear. Sorry.

Mistakes make us human.
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by:Dan Craciun
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No worries, I was not blaming you. I've been known to make lots of mistakes myself.

Guess I just have a peculiar sense of humor. And I've watched this course recently: https://www.coursera.org/course/thinkagain
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