i've heard from alot of my computer geek friends that formatting a drive and installing a new OS doesnt actually 'erase' all previous data, but instead just empties the partitions and overwrites. Some of them even say there are still lingering kilobytes of spyware designed to 'hide' from a format..........
I dont have any top-secret documents on my computer that require the absolute destruction of my data, but i was wondering,
How safe is DBAN if i REALLY wanted to start from scratch?
For a regular reinstallation of windowsxp, is using the autonuke function safe?
Will i simply be able to insert my windows xp disk after DBAN has completed and go about my installation as normal?
I have heard that DBAN can be dangerous, but how?
I'm in no rush to format my computer, but it has been acting a little erraticaly lately so my next format shouldnt be to long from now. My need to have these questions answered isnt critical, was just wondering and thought i'd ask.