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Need to format white space on pc's hard drive.  Suggested util?
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by:Joshua Grantom
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Do you mean overwriting free space? If so

http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser/files/Eraser%206/6.0.10/
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by:aadih
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If you mean to erase the empty space on a hard drive, please use a free program called eraser from:

http://eraser.heidi.ie/ >

Alternatively, you could use CCleaner.
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by:Joshua Grantom
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21 seconds! lol
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by:LB1234
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It's an SSD drive which seems to be an issue.  Do i need to use a different method?
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by:Joshua Grantom
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I use it to clean the freespace on my SSD all the time.
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Eraser or CCleaner will work for SSD also.
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by:aadih
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Try eraser.
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by:LB1234
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CCleaner is throwing up an error that an SSD should not be wiped with a wiper usually used with a platter drive.  I googled to confirm and found info stating that it's a bad idea for several reasons.
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by:aadih
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Try eraser.
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by:Joshua Grantom
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I was referring to Eraser as well.
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by:LB1234
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CCleaner CAN do the wipe but it's warning against it.  I'm sure Eraser will complete the wipe too.  My  issue is that I'm concerned that it's not recommended and can cause issues on the drive.  Like I said, googled sources confirm it can be a problem running a typical wiper on an SSD.  Is Eraser known to have addressed these issues?
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by:Joshua Grantom
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The only reason they are saying not to do this on an SSD because every time you run it, it adds additional read/writes to your drive.

Every time you clean free space it adds another cycle and depending on how often you do this can reduce the life significantly.

PCWorld article that explains it http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043634/how-to-stretch-the-life-of-your-ssd-storage.html
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by:LB1234
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/261702/how_to_securely_erase_your_hard_drive.html

Eraser has a ton of advanced scheduling and file options if you want to securely wipe specific files or sectors of your hard drive on a regular basis. Be careful while you tinker with the finer settings, though—you don't want to accidentally wipe something important. Also note that Eraser works only with mechanical hard drives, as the wear-leveling algorithms in solid-states drives (SSDs) negate the utility's ability to securely wipe information.
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by:joinaunion
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If your meaning white space (Lost clusters etc..), just open command prompt type in chkdsk /r /f /v
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by:nobus
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iknow a very good product for this :  BCWipe  :  https://www.jetico.com/products/enterprise-data-protection/bcwipe

but - if i may ask - Why do you need to overwrite the free space ??
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by:LB1234
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I need to give someone a pc with an SSD, and i have to make sure there's nothing left that's recoverable on the old drive.
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by:aadih
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Good idea it's to wipe it before giving it away.
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by:LB1234
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Aadih, I'm aware that it's a good idea, which is why I'm trying to find a tool to help me do it properly. :)
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by:LB1234
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I already posted that Eraser will not work.  Did you see the link or the excerpt from the article I cut and pasted?
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by:aadih
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Already answered: Eraser.

Did you use it and did it not work?
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by:aadih
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Yes. Of course I saw: It will not work. [Theory.]

My question: Did you use it and did it not work? [Practical.]

What's there to lose?

Sorry.
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did you try BCWipe?  very good
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