Shred (PC Magazine)

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Shred eliminates problems by making data completely unrecoverable (See all)

Shred completely removes the data using the following steps:
- determines exactly which clusters on the disk contain the file
- accesses those particular clusters and overwrites them according to the US department of defenses standard. It overwrites the file three times. Once with zeros, again with a 0xFF pattern, and finally with randomly generated data
- renames the file 26 times as a method to remove the name from the master file table (MFT)
- to finish the job it deletes the file

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