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Best Way To Wipe A HDD?  
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Hi, I just put up my old laptop on ebay, and while all my data is deleted and programs erased. Is there anything I can do to make the data unaccessable permanently? I just want to get rid of any traces of my personal data as Ive used my credit card and banking info on it.


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User currently onlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4783 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

http://www.killdisk.com/

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1975 times:



Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Quoting CPDC10-30 (Reply 1):
http://www.killdisk.com/

But will that get rid of the install of win xp home? I dont want to get rid of it as I dont have another copy....



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 3):
But will that get rid of the install of win xp home? I dont want to get rid of it as I dont have another copy....

If you're getting rid of the laptop, why do you care?

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 4):
If you're getting rid of the laptop, why do you care?

Because im selling it as having an install of Win Xp... I wouldent be able to sell the laptop for as much with a blank HDD.



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 5):

Because im selling it as having an install of Win Xp... I wouldent be able to sell the laptop for as much with a blank HDD.

Well then you'd have to re-install WinXP somehow after cleaning it. And if you don't clean it using something like the above utility, then it really hasn't truly been erased.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 6):
Well then you'd have to re-install WinXP somehow after cleaning it.

Well, my friend my be able to do it.... Also, I have the factory restore cd's, what if i used those and just brought the PC back to where it started?



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 7):
Also, I have the factory restore cd's, what if i used those and just brought the PC back to where it started?

That might do the trick.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 8):
That might do the trick.

Cool, I'll just finish transfering this last movie off and then i'll see what those do!



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 9):
Cool, I'll just finish transfering this last movie off and then i'll see what those do!

Usually the Restore CD is an exact copy of the hard drive as it is shipped, so I see no reason why it shouldn't work. You'll just need to be able to boot from the CD after wiping the drive.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

a powerful electro magnetic field...but then again the hdd may be toast after   

f-disk works well. if you know some dos you can do this on your own. Whatever you do make sure your format the entire disk and not just a quick format that just deletes the index.

[Edited 2006-09-03 07:47:00]

User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

If you want to make sure your data is forever gone you will need to find an XP Disc

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/1338997


User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1901 times:

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

The tool many companies rely on.

Personally, no hard disk ever leaves my possession.


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1886 times:

+ = Wiped  Silly

Thanks
PR


User currently offlineWukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

I would be willing to bet that I could find plenty of stuff that you wouldn't want to be found even after using a restore CD, or fdisk, or "long format", etc.

format c: off a boot floppy just doesn't cut it.

My suggestion, go here:

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/SDelete.html

DOD compliant... it takes a while, but 3 passes, and the best of the best would be hard pressed to get a couple of useful bytes off the thing.

Wipe the drive using sdelete, *then* do the restore, and you'll be pretty much good to go, based on my own testing.

You'd be amazed at the stuff that you can get off of an "fdisk formatted reinstalled" drive, even with cheap-o, off the shelf software.

The stuff that I generally use is a little bit more expensive, but we're talking data recovery off of drives suffering from moderate hardware failure.

(I've done this for law-enforcement in legal cases, so I'm not just bullshitting you.)

Short of that, a really strong electromagnet followed by a bit of time on a 5-ton press followed by incineration will get you the results that you want.  Big grin



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