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Author Topic: Necrofile or other... ?  (Read 5160 times)

PitrPaulus

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Necrofile or other... ?
« on: August 14, 2006, 07:53:36 AM »
GoodDay!
I use necrofile (http://www.necrocosm.com/download.html) to free space on my hard-disc. What's Necrofile: "Well, NecroFile takes the partitions you select from a list and it overwrites the clusters with mock data. This will push all deleted programs off of the hard disk and into oblivion where it belongs. It does *not* damage any data that exists on the drive, and this is guaranteed."
This really works simple and I never had any problems of deleting too much or the wrong files.
BUT... everytime I use the program I have some hang-ups, altough I first do the recommended scan-disc and then the defagmentation. (So it takes a lot of time and energy to use this program.)

Does anybody know if there's a similar program that does the same thing?

(I must be a easy as Necrofile(!): just cleaning the free space on your hard disc automatically, just by selecting the right disc-letter (clean C+D+E >> ready)).

Greetings, PitrPaulus

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2006, 08:11:24 AM »
Eraser is a very high quality file wiper that can also wipe free disk space and end-of-file clusters (or whatever the proper term is).

freeware:
http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/default.php

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2006, 08:43:54 AM »
There are some defragmenting tools that will not only defragment the hard drive, but wipe the free space that remains too.

I am unaware of the names of any modern defragmenters that do it. I am not that familiar with any defragmenters other than the old Nuts & Bolts for 9x and the one that comes with Windows.

Nuts & Bolts for 9x does do it, but like PitrPaulus said, it does take longer to do things this way.

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2006, 09:47:53 AM »
Nuts & Bolts had an *extremely* good defragger - probably the "planning step" it did before actual defragmentation did a lot of good for it's quality. I'd like to see something of similar quality for NTFS... PerfectDisk is the best I've found yet, and the rest I've tried (O&O and "that other popular one" are pretty worthless in comparison).
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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2006, 01:24:19 PM »
 :Thmbsup: Thanks for all suggestions. I first start with ERASER.
I just downloaded ERASER and read all the instructions. But before I just push the YES button I´m a bit worried if I will not delete TOO MUCH. I will just free space AND ALSO ´overwrite´ (or something like that) already deleted files.
Now I get a screen (see screenshot) and I get a bit nervous: can you have a look that I can certainly hit the YES-button? :huh:
I made the screenprint with the .... Screenshot Captor! (Perfect).
Greetings and thanks so far, Pitr Paulus.  :)

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2006, 01:33:09 PM »
yeah it does look a bit scary but yep, its only going to erase unused disk space, not your files.
still, never hurts to do a system backup..

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006, 02:26:14 PM »
 ;D Whoehaa! That's good stuff, ERASER! Yesterday this program run through my system (it took 4-1/2 hrs....) and the computer is totally cleaned up. Without hangups!
Thanks for your help, Mouser.  :Thmbsup:
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And then, f0dder, I started lookng for 'Nuts & Bolts'. I searched the internet via Google and all I get is .... nuts and ... a lot of bolts.... but never something like a computer program....
Can you pls. advise me where I can find those 'Nuts & Bolts'? (see attachment...).
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And 'PerfectDisk', where can I find that one?
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Greetings from the Netherlands. PitrPaulus.  :)


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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006, 03:02:45 PM »
Nuts & Bolts was for Win98 and, afaik, hasn't been updated since... so it's a bit futile searching for it.

PerfectDisk: somewhere around http://www.raxco.com - iirc, there's a trial version.
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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2006, 03:15:45 PM »
Thanks f0dder, I'm gonna have a look and a try. Good Night!
PitrPaulus :D

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2006, 08:09:18 AM »
Eraser by far the best tool I ever used :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2006, 08:21:38 AM »
Hello thunder7 ,  :)
Good to hear it from you also. You know, I had (also) shut-down problems with my Laptop, (Windows XP SP2). And I do regularly scans and defrags and so on.  And even THIS problem is solved after I had scanned and cleaned the system with ERASER. Wauw. Very Good.
Greetings, PitrPaulus!

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2006, 03:49:36 PM »
Also sdelete from Sysinternals (http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/SDelete.html) will wipe drive freespace. 

Nothing fancy - just a simple command line util; the source code is also available, in case that's of interest.

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Re: Necrofile or other... ?
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2006, 03:51:33 PM »
Oh by the way, "that other defrag app that's pretty worthless" would be DisKeeper.
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