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Turning in work computer, need to erase all data.


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#1 Insaneman1731

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:23 PM

Hello all,

 

I was doing some research through Google but couldn't find the exact answer I was looking for so I wanted to post here. I will be turning in a work laptop that I also used for personal stuff as well. I will be deleting all files off the computer I have saved, uninstall programs etc but I want to be extra secure and just make sure everything is gone. I just re-read that and I'm sure it sounds fishy but I am just a private person and don't want my work knowing my personal stuff. I was looking at dban but that completely destroys your hard drive I believe. Anyone have any quick suggestions?

 

Thanks for your time.



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#2 Romeo29

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:40 PM

DBAN is the only sure way.

 

Afterwards you can install a copy of Ubuntu Linux. Or you if you Windows DVD, then note down product key, save your Windows/Office activation, erase hard disk with DBAN, re-install Windows using the product key, and restore the activation. You would need Advanced Tokens Manager for saving product key and activation.

 

If you do not erase entire disk, then something always remains somewhere and you will always remain in doubt.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 03:14 PM

You may want to check with your IT department.  Since the Laptop is owned by the company you may not be legally allowed to erase any data from it.  I have seen large corporations pursue legal action from someone erasing a system, claiming they did it to destroy company owned data.

 

If you get permission then I agree with Romeo, running Ubuntu installer should wipe the partition and FAT tables to sufficiently erase the machine.


Edited by Nivacs, 18 October 2013 - 03:16 PM.





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