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#1 samvimes

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 05:29 AM

I have just ordered a new computer and I was wondering whether it would be safe to give away my old one complete with hard drive if I were to carry out a complete factory restore on it or whether it was still possible to retrieve old data from it despite the restoration. If anyone can shed some light on this topic I would be grateful. If the restore is not enough to keep it safe is there another way to achieve this?

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 11:12 AM

Unless the new owner works for FBI and has an access to some special recovery tools, you should be fine with restoring the computer to factory settings.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 11:21 AM

There are actually plenty of free recovery tools that people can use to get personal information from a used computer even after it's formatted. One is Mini Tool Power Data Recovery.

If I were you, I would look into Darik's Boot And Nuke

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 01:24 PM

The answer is no, it wouldn't be "safe" to give your PC away. Even after a format. The data needs to be overwritten at least once.

My advice would be take the data you need, put it on an external HDD. Reset to factory settings.

After resetting to factory settings. Use Clonezilla

To clone your HDD, simply using DBAN, will wipe out EVERYTHING.

If you want your PC to be sold with the OS it came with, you will need to use Clonezilla first. Unless of course you have recovery CD's already.

Be sure you have before running DBAN!

If you'd like any help with it, let me know. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 05:10 PM

Thanks for the quick replies! I already have everything I want to save on flash drives but I do not have a recovery CD. The computer has a hard drive partition for factory restore (or so I am led to believe) as it is a Dell. The potential recipient has never worked for the FBI or even the CIA but I would be put out if my bank details entered the public domain. I am interested in this clonezilla and dban route, would I need a separate media to copy OS data onto and if so, would a dvdr fit the bill?




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