Restore Disk options

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by don, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. don

    don Guest

    I'm about to restore a toshiba Satillite laptop to factory new conditions
    and the first option is:

    delete all data and partitions, or delate all partitions AND Overwrite all
    sectors on the Hard disk (this may take several hours)

    What are the benefits to overwriting all sectors, and when should this be
    done.
     
    don, Apr 14, 2010
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  2. don

    G. Morgan Guest

    "don" <> wrote:

    >What are the benefits to overwriting all sectors, and when should this be
    >done.


    If you have something that you never want the average user to recover, choose
    option 2.

    There are better tools for this though, a single-pass overwrite will not prevent
    law enforcement, or a geek from recovering the data. For that, use a program
    that writes all zeros, then all ones, then randomizes 1 & 0's for the final
    pass. Depending on the size of the drive, it may take several days.
     
    G. Morgan, Apr 17, 2010
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