[QUOTE]\nthanks for the links, but, LOL, you're right - I go for the freebies.\n\nWhen getting rid of a drive (I build my own stuff, so it's never "part" of\na computer) , the only safe way is to unscrew the lid, then go at the\nplatter(s) for a while with a hammer and chisel such that even a CIA type\nwith years on his hands could get nothing other than scrap metal. I do\nhave standalone bootable on CD programs that will erase all info, but it\ntakes a VERY long time to do even a 40GB drive (I've got 2 I need to\nscrap).\n\nWhat Heidi did for me (free) was to give me a choice af about 5 different\nalgorithms and changeable number of passes, and allow me to erase just a\nsingle file, or directory, or all files on a partition - OR it would clear\noverwrite the space between files, and in cluster tips (one partition at a\ntime). I used a "pseudorandom data", as I did it often enough that if\nsomeone wanted to get info that I had deleted, it would take them years.\nThat's also a clear reason to compress/defrag directories at boot time - to\nget rid of directory information about deleted files. I do all that and I\nreally have nothing on my computer that I wouldn't mind simply giving to\nFBI/CIA and letting them have a look-see. It's folks who cheat on riaa\nthat need to worry. I don't think even microsoft actually goes after\nanyone... But I live legal.\n\nI'll send Heidi a note.\n\nBy the way, Realtek hi-def sound driver R2.14 DOES work just fine on Win 7,\nincluding the "environment" setup (speaker distances). I use 5.1 .[/QUOTE]\n\nnews. I tried a bunch of others but no success in getting rid of the stuff\nRecova shows. finally bit the bullet and tried Heidi Eraser 5.86a again\nand used it to clear space on C including cluster tips and that worked just\nfine and Recova showed virtually nothing left.\n\nSo I am totally in the dark as to what blew my MFT on one of those builds\nback there. All seems well now.