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Non-functioning laptop with a good amount of porn in it, how do I wipe the drive

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User Info: Tyranius2

Tyranius2
3 years ago#1
80/80


So, my laptop has been broken for about a year now, and it was what I used to.. well, you know.

Anyway, since it's broken and I'm moving soon, I don't want to bring the laptop with me, so I'm leaving it behind. I don't want my folks to fix it, then end up finding my stash.

What can I do?
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User Info: Panner

Panner
3 years ago#2
Holding a magnet where the HDD is should pretty much destroy it.
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User Info: whiteninja2000

whiteninja2000
3 years ago#3
Just take out the hdd and keep it. You might be able to sell the broken laptop on craigslist.

User Info: Digital Storm

Digital Storm
3 years ago#4
Remove the drive from the laptop, hook it up to your desktop, zero it with out DBAN. Problem solved.
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User Info: Orestes417

Orestes417
3 years ago#5
Yeah just make sure you disconnect any drives you don't want to zero before you start.
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User Info: Vs1991

Vs1991
3 years ago#6
ppl normally throw out stuff that dont work so yeah...

User Info: Cobra1010

Cobra1010
3 years ago#7
Iv got a question. If i want to sell my computer, will formatting the hard drive and then reinstalling windows wipe all the porn and personal stuff on the drive? Or I have to use some software to overwrite the drive with blank data to get fully get rid of the stuff?
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User Info: ein311

ein311
3 years ago#8
Cobra1010 posted...
Iv got a question. If i want to sell my computer, will formatting the hard drive and then reinstalling windows wipe all the porn and personal stuff on the drive? Or I have to use some software to overwrite the drive with blank data to get fully get rid of the stuff?


A format + Reinstall won't allow people to easily access the old data. Old data will still be accessible if someone wants to try data recovery, though.
Zeroing out a drive will wipe all the free space.

In general if I just want to clean up a drive to reuse for my own purposes, I'll just do a quick format. If I'm going to be handing the drive off to someone else (friend, family, sell on Cragislist, etc) I'll DBAN it.
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User Info: noz3r0

noz3r0
3 years ago#9
If you're just concerned about wiping it for re-use, simply slave it and format from another machine. If you want it destroyed, magnetize it then scrape the disc clean.
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User Info: voldothegr8

voldothegr8
3 years ago#10
DBAN will take care of it, unless you want to physically destroy it.
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