Cadet57
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Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:38 pm

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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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:43 pm

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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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:44 pm

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?

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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:46 pm

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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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:51 pm

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.

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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:20 pm

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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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:22 pm

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.

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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:27 pm

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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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:29 pm

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.

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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:37 pm

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.

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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 3:47 pm

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
 
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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:42 pm

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

The tool many companies rely on.

Personally, no hard disk ever leaves my possession.
 
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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:25 pm

+ = Wiped  Silly

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RE: Best Way To Wipe A HDD?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:44 pm

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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