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Old Apr 29, 2002, 07:04 PM
leadan leadan is offline
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Default Does this work ?

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I found the posting below on the BST forum and thought it sounded ok,but does anyone know if it will work ?
Nobody as replied to the thread commenting about it so I'm a bit concerned about just trying it without some other advice first.


Interesting security feature for XP users .
I know a lot of people are concerned with effectively removing data from your hard drives....

If you have XP as your o/s then you can do the following.

Click on Start

Click on Run


cipher /x:

where x is the letter of your hard drive i.e.

cipher /c:

(note that there is a space after the word cipher)

What this does is fill up the supposedly deleted files with 0's and 1's so that the data is irretrivable.

Hope this helps.....
Old Apr 29, 2002, 07:17 PM
The Magpies The Magpies is offline
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Cipher command
Displays or alters the encryption of folders and files on NTFS volumes.

cipher [/e| /d] [/s:dir] [/a][/i] [/f] [/q] [/h] [pathname [...]]


none..Used without parameters, displays the encryption state of the current folder and any files it contains.

/e...Encrypts the specified folders. Folders will be marked so that files added to the folder later will be encrypted.

/d...Decrypts the specified folders. Folders will be marked so that files added to the folder later will not be encrypted.

/s: dir..Performs the selected operation on folders in the specified folder and all subfolders.

/a..Performs the selected operation on files with the specified names. If there is no matching file, this parameter is ignored.

/i...Continues performing the specified operation even after errors have occurred. By default, cipher stops when an error is encountered.

/f..Forces the encryption or decryption of all specified objects. By default, files that have already been encrypted or decrypted are skipped.

/q...Reports only the most essential information.

/h...Displays files with hidden or system attributes. By default, these files are not encrypted or decrypted.


Specifies a pattern, file, or folder.

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