Erasing the swp file


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belive the first newsletter had some information to the effect that you need to install eraser on a drive different than the one you want to erase.


I am upgrading to a larger H/D and intend to make 3 partitions. I intend to run Windows98SE on the <b>first</b> partition, use the <b>second</b> partition for a home based business, and use the <b>third</b> partition to load software I want to learn more about like html or web design.

I want to be able to erase the drives completely of unused disc space and swp file as applicable.

do I install Eraser on each of the H/D?

If so, how do I call it up for the second or third drive.

at the moment I have one drive and I go to start>programs>eraser.lnk and it gives me the start screen where I can designate a or c drive.

what do I do when I want to erase the c & d drive using the eraser function on the e drive. how do I call it up?

thank you

david williams


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Hi David
If you partition your drive you will first get a partition "C:". This
is the active one with the Operating System on. Furthermore two
additional partitions called D: and E: will be created. These are NOT active but may be used from the OS on C:.
In this case you may erase D: and/or E: completely with Eraser on C:, but you should not erase C: completely or else you will loose your OS,
which on reinstalling will write a new MBR and you might loose access
to partitions D: and E: (but they still are on the HDD).
You may erase all folders and the empty space on C: as long as you do
NOT touch the OS (or else... [V] )

On the other hand, if you use a partitionig tool and install an OS on
all 3 partitions (which forces you to use a boot manager to pick the
chosen partition to be the active one and which will always be called
C:, you may completely erase any partition from any other partition
using at least 2 copies of Eraser
But beware of the changing partition numbering, which depends upon
the boot sequence.

Do not ask me about the copyright of a programm with 2 or 3 copies on
the SAME PC and of which ONLY ONE might be used at a time.
Ask a lawyer.