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is resetting to factory settings enough? throw away comp

#1Raiden01Posted 6/5/2012 7:44:53 PM
so im throwing away my 9 yr old desktop computer and have done the f10, reset drives C and D on my old sony vaio. is that pretty much all thats needed to delete things in case someone decides to salvage it?

thanks in advanced
#2Milenko2121Posted 6/5/2012 7:46:29 PM
salvage it?

you got cp on there?
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#3Raiden01(Topic Creator)Posted 6/5/2012 7:50:11 PM
whats cp?
#4davidaaronkPosted 6/5/2012 7:50:13 PM
If someone really really wanted to, they can pull out the magnets in your hard drive and there will always be some remnants to but to any kind of normal user you're fine.
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#5arleasPosted 6/5/2012 7:58:48 PM
From: Raiden01 | #003
whats cp?

I think he's just jokingly saying that if you have sensitive files on your computer you will want to do more than just "reset to factory defaults" because someone could pretty easily pull your sensitive files off the hard drive even if you think you erased it.

There is software out there meant to do a complete wipe of the hard drives by writing nothing but 0's to every part of the platter repeatedly... at that point it may still be possible to pull data off of it but it would require serious effort and they're not likely to get complete files... just bits and pieces.
#6CheesyPhilPosted 6/5/2012 8:03:56 PM
If you're going to throw it away, use DBAN. Let that run for a few hours and it will take a serious amount of will to get anything back.
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#7Raiden01(Topic Creator)Posted 6/5/2012 8:18:44 PM
oh i see thanks for the info. in case i do take this extra step, what software do u guys suggest? i have DBAN from previous poster. anything else? thanks a ton
#8Lonestar2000Posted 6/5/2012 8:26:35 PM
I would use DBAN. However, it will erase everything on your HDD so will only be able to restore your OS from discs and not your HDD.
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#9LordSeiferPosted 6/5/2012 8:27:38 PM
if the computer is so useless to the point of throwing it into the trash, just dont put the harddrive there, either keep the drive for backup, or physically destroy it
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#10link510Posted 6/5/2012 8:30:51 PM
No reason not to keep the HDD. You could make a really slow, probably smallish external drive. I plan on doing this with an old 160gb ide drive from the old family comp.