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#1 Ian1943

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 08:31 AM

I have 6 desk top and lap top computers which I have not disposed of over the past 20 years.  I have been concerned that any bank details or other personal information may be taken off once I have disposed of the hardware.  If I was to clear them back to the factory settings, would this be secure enough.  Any advice would be welcome.



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Posted 29 November 2016 - 02:18 PM

A "factory restore (reset)" essentially reformats your hard drive, removes all data and restores the computer to the state it was in when you first purchased it. Most computers manufactured and sold by OEM vendors come with a vendor-specific Recovery Disk or Recovery Partition for performing a clean "factory restore".

Erasing isn't enough
Taking the basic stepsdeleting data from or reformatting a computer hard drive, or doing a factory reset on a smart phone or tabletmight be enough to discourage identity thieves. But this approach is far from a guarantee, and it wont stop someone whos specifically after your files, accounts, or photos.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 04:16 PM

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Yep, in addition to the DOD-type file shredders already suggested (and @quietman's other excellent advice), the "most secure" options involve the use of a screwdriver (and perhaps a hammer):

  1. Physically remove the hard drive from the case and take it to a bonded, secure shredding service (most charge only a nominal fee and you can watch them do it); OR
  2. Physically remove the hard drive from the case and then use the hammer (or a sledge hammer) to do the deed yourself.

Removing the hard drive does lessen the "value" of the computer, if you plan to donate it.

But, if you plan to dispose of it (hopefully via an environmentally responsible service), then it won't matter.

 

And you can sleep well, knowing that anything on that hard drive is permanently gone gone gone...

 

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 08:23 PM

I tend to like Killdisk for that kind of thing, just do more then one pass and you should be good, why smash good drives that can be reused O_o.

theirs many apps like it out their though but of cores if you want the pro job i tend to like using a good sized monster magnet on the platters + smash the logic board + pound on it a feu times with a big hammer.

 

http://www.killdisk.com/wiper.htm



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Posted 04 December 2016 - 08:48 PM

DBAN also works real well  :)


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 05:46 AM

yes, I have heard that factory reset is not enough



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Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:11 AM

Where did you hear that?
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Posted 05 February 2017 - 10:43 AM

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Who is your comment addressed to please?

 

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 05:57 PM

It was addressed to the previous poster...Kikobrian55.
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Posted 06 February 2017 - 07:53 AM

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You seem to be saying that a factory reset will solve the problem - Am I wrong?



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 08:11 AM

A factory reset returns the computer to the state it was in when you first purchased it...that means any data files you created with personal information and saved will no longer be present.
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Posted 06 February 2017 - 08:16 AM

Thank you for confirming what I thought you were saying, but why would others insist that further action is necessary?



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 08:24 AM

They were provided alternative ways to erase data.
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