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what computer parts are safe to resell?

#1hulkster23869Posted 2/18/2014 8:16:40 AM
I'm taking apart my old PC from 2007. I'm not a pro computer person so any help would be appreciated. I don't want anyone getting a hold of any of my personal information or files so I'm going to keep the hard drive. Are there any other parts that I should be keeping, or can I sell things like the RAM (3gigs) and WinTV card? The ram is only worth like 15 bucks, so it's probably not worth the hassle to sell on ebay, but the WinTV card is worth like 40 bucks, so I may try selling that if no one can get any of my personal information or files from that. The card is similar to this one I found on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hauppauge-WinTV-HVR-1600-ATSC-NTSC-74551-LF-PCI-FM-TV-Tuner-Card-5188-7111-/161223145355?pt=US_Video_Capture_TV_Tuner_Cards&hash=item2589a5f78b&nma=true&si=vKXKAJ5VVG%252FiTHEsj%252Bav%252FURKmN8%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
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#2lost_withinPosted 2/18/2014 8:31:24 AM
You can sell anything but the Hard Drive...
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#3GriffPosted 2/18/2014 8:35:15 AM
The harddrive is the only device with any info, and that could always be wiped.
There's nothing else in the computer that would have critical info.
I'm assuming that you've got no Solid State Drives or random flash cards hanging out in a port.
#4hulkster23869(Topic Creator)Posted 2/18/2014 9:05:34 AM
okay cool, thanks guys, and no, it's just the one hdd, no ssd or flash drives
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#5MasterDonGeroPosted 2/18/2014 9:25:29 AM(edited)
hulkster23869 posted...
okay cool, thanks guys, and no, it's just the one hdd, no ssd or flash drives


CPUs store personal information from the OS in the L3 Cache. You have to wipe that first.

EDIT: Well, I mean, you don't HAVE to. I just imagine you would want to.
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#6hulkster23869(Topic Creator)Posted 2/18/2014 11:03:59 AM
MasterDonGero posted...
hulkster23869 posted...
okay cool, thanks guys, and no, it's just the one hdd, no ssd or flash drives


CPUs store personal information from the OS in the L3 Cache. You have to wipe that first.

EDIT: Well, I mean, you don't HAVE to. I just imagine you would want to.


meh, doesnt that get erased quickly? and it's only like 2kbs of memory anyway. But yeah, when I was getting rid of unusable parts i destroyed the pins on the cpu, so I doubt anyone could get to it even if they really wanted to. It was an old sh!tty core 2 duo.
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#7MasterDonGeroPosted 2/18/2014 11:41:02 AM
hulkster23869 posted...
MasterDonGero posted...
hulkster23869 posted...
okay cool, thanks guys, and no, it's just the one hdd, no ssd or flash drives


CPUs store personal information from the OS in the L3 Cache. You have to wipe that first.

EDIT: Well, I mean, you don't HAVE to. I just imagine you would want to.


meh, doesnt that get erased quickly? and it's only like 2kbs of memory anyway. But yeah, when I was getting rid of unusable parts i destroyed the pins on the cpu, so I doubt anyone could get to it even if they really wanted to. It was an old sh!tty core 2 duo.


Sorry, buddy, I was joking around.
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#8ThePCElitistPosted 2/18/2014 12:00:59 PM
hulkster23869 posted...
MasterDonGero posted...
hulkster23869 posted...
okay cool, thanks guys, and no, it's just the one hdd, no ssd or flash drives


CPUs store personal information from the OS in the L3 Cache. You have to wipe that first.

EDIT: Well, I mean, you don't HAVE to. I just imagine you would want to.


meh, doesnt that get erased quickly? and it's only like 2kbs of memory anyway. But yeah, when I was getting rid of unusable parts i destroyed the pins on the cpu, so I doubt anyone could get to it even if they really wanted to. It was an old sh!tty core 2 duo.


Someone stole my credit card info by reading my cpu cache.
#9WyzeGyePosted 2/18/2014 12:09:06 PM
ThePCElitist posted...

Someone stole my credit card info by reading my cpu cache.


srs?
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