Free is Not Free

I frequently get questions from folks who download some free software only to find out that it’s not free at all, and they get quite upset at having been misled.

Except that they weren’t misled. Not really. Had they read more closely, they would have realized that “free” wasn’t really free at all.

That’s not to say there aren’t misleading advertisements out there – there are. But even the completely up-front and honest ones are sometimes easy to misunderstand.

So let’s look at some variations of “free” that aren’t really free at all.

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Can I use a backup image to wipe free space?

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I need to wipe a group of computers for resale. But I’d like to retain the operating system and the drives, if possible. Does an image backup retain any traces of deleted files? If not, can I copy the hard drive image then wipe the computer and restore the image to be safe?

Yes, you can do that, but there are much easier ways to accomplish what you’re trying to do.

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