With CCleaner, you don't have to mess around, remembering what to type. You leave your basic functions checked, occasionally you may have to insert a file, but it deletes far more than your basic cleanup could ever hope for. All temp files, thumbnails, cookies, IIS log files, many, many others. And with the capability of overwriting them as many as 35 times (the Guttman method), there's nothing left for someone to find. After all, you don't simply discard your bank and financial statements without at least shredding them, or cutting them at all angles into tiny bits, do you? It's the same principle, for the same reason. To keep thieves away.Why not go to Start/computer/right click on the drive you wish to clean up/properties and save all the messing about remembering what to type?
Does this action (overwriting it up to 35 times) shorten the life of the drive?Great article, Ian, nothing's really changed since XP on the disc cleanup. While this is a good, basic cleanup, CCleaner cleans up far more, and cleanses it beyond recovery (overwriting it up to 35 times). With the basic disc cleanup, the items can be easily retrieved, unless you've overwritten them with a download.
Yes, it would shorten the life of the drive. Everything has a max write cycle.Does this action (overwriting it up to 35 times) shorten the life of the drive?
That is just super paranoia to be honest. It is never necessary to overwrite a drive that many times unless one is worried that the NSA or the FBI would get a hold of the drive and use an electron microscope to scan and analyze the platters.Does this action (overwriting it up to 35 times) shorten the life of the drive?
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