Wiping Hard Drive Clean?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Tranqility, Dec 6, 2005.

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    Tranqility Guest

    Getting ready to sell my computer to get a new one. I want to wipe
    clean the hard drive for privacy reasons. I thought I might simply use
    the recovery CD to restore the computer to it's original state, that
    is, the way it was when I bought it, with the hard drive containing
    nothing added after I nought it.
    As I understand it the use of the recovery CD wipes clean the hard
    drive and reinstalls the operating system (XP Pro) and the applications
    that came with the computer - nothing else. Is this sufficient to
    insure that any data added after the computer was bought by me is gone,
    including my browser tracks, etc., or do I need to use something like
    Eraser to be sure everything is gone?

    Tranqility, Dec 6, 2005
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    Mitch Guest

    You'd be fine just doing what you planned.
    You certainly can use those other tools, if you are concerned. But you
    were far FAR more vulnerable using the computer than anything that is
    likely to happen from soem new user getting it.
    Mitch, Dec 6, 2005
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    Rob K Guest

    It depends. Re-formatting is not enough if you ask me.
    Using "disk-wiping" software is a good a idea, and if you're really
    worried, there's always the hammer ... ;)
    Rob K, Dec 6, 2005
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    Nowhere Guest

    What is the best "disk-wiping" software? How and on what, is it best to use
    it for maximum security.
    Nowhere, Dec 6, 2005
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    kenny Guest

    Data recovery specialists say that the only way to make sure someone will
    not be able to recover data is to reduce the hard disk to dust, or melt it
    so that is becomes a liquid.
    kenny, Dec 6, 2005
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    Rob K Guest

    It's true that data recovery specialists can do amazing things. That's why
    the good old hammer is at least a basic precaution ...
    Rob K, Dec 6, 2005
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    Rob K Guest

    Rob K, Dec 6, 2005
  8. Melting won't do it. Remember the metal guy in the Terminator who would melt
    then reconstitute back into his original self.....

    Patrick Cleburne, Dec 6, 2005
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    zombie Guest

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    kenny Guest

    reminds me of my previous "companion" post...

    I was waiting for someone to reply to that post with something like:

    "MS companion has a bug, it farts all the time but it will be fixed in the
    next service pack."
    kenny, Dec 6, 2005
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    Shep© Guest

    On 6 Dec 2005 04:07:11 -0800 If you fall from a tree,leave your anger
    Remove partitions and re-format.

    HTH :)
    Shep©, Dec 6, 2005
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    Nancy Rudins Guest

    The Department of Defense standard is:

    Using three passes, overwrite all addressable locations with a
    character, its complement, then a random character.

    Degauss with a Type I degausser followed with another deguass
    with a Type II degausser (assuming you never want to use that
    disk again).

    Kind regards,
    Nancy Rudins, Dec 6, 2005
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    kenny Guest

    the data can still be retrieved with distortion of spacetime
    kenny, Dec 6, 2005
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    old jon Guest

    old jon, Dec 6, 2005
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    AGEE Guest

    My nephew was in charge of security in a finacial firm. He used to
    take all PCs to a site where he could put them through a stone

    At my own business drives I haven't been able to wipe get opened up
    and the disk hit with a hammer. Normally I use killdisk then give the
    old kit to local institutions or skint students.
    AGEE, Dec 6, 2005
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    Tranqility Guest

    For some reason I was unable to use my recovery CD's (something about
    media failure), so I tried Eraser. It took a long time but finally
    finished. I ran Disk Investigator before and after and searched for a
    particular nasty word. Found a bunch both before and after. Not sure if
    it found he same number after as it did before I ran Eraser. I didn't
    take note when I first ran Disk Investigator.

    Sort of makes me think Eraser didn't erase anything. Is that possible?
    Tranqility, Dec 6, 2005
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    Ron Martell Guest

    It depends on how secure you want to be.

    If you want to prevent unsophisticated users from recovering your data
    then what you propose will be sufficient. However persons with
    computer skills may still be able to recover files or portions of
    files with relative ease using an "unformat" utility.

    If you want to prevent most users, including those with considerable
    computer skills, from recovering anything from your hard drive then
    you need to use a disk wiping utility as described in the other posts.
    However computer experts with sophisticated resources (and large
    budgets) will still be able to recover files from the computer.

    If you want to prevent computer experts with sophisticated resources
    and large budgets from recovering your files then you need to
    physically destroy the hard drive.

    Good luck

    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    Ron Martell, Dec 6, 2005
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    Tranqility Guest

    My main concern, of course, is data and my browser tracks. I use IE,
    Firefox, and Opera. I want to make sure I wipe them as clean as I can
    off the drive. Are these tracks to be found in the so-called "unused
    disk space" of the drive or in folders. If folders, which folders
    should I select to erase my "tracks?"
    Tranqility, Dec 6, 2005
  19. What trick, what device, what starting-hole on Tue, 06 Dec 2005
    08:24:37 -0600, canst thou now find out, to hide Nancy Rudins
    I thought the DoD standard was 7 (6 +1)
    Mr. Foster Freeze, Dec 9, 2005
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