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We are going to recycle a bunch of old computers... Should we wipe memory first?

#1IcyFlamez96Posted 7/13/2014 12:23:15 PM
We are going to recycle a bunch of old computers... Should we wipe memory first?
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#2chase1234lifePosted 7/13/2014 12:24:48 PM
First, expect RAM jokes.

Second, yes.
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#3IzicialPosted 7/13/2014 12:26:14 PM
If your disassembling the hard drives then no don't worry about it because no one's going to be able to get the info once it's apart.
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#4Pepys MonsterPosted 7/13/2014 12:37:47 PM
Doesn't the memory wipe every time you shut down the computer?
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#5drinkPosted 7/13/2014 12:50:34 PM(edited)
Izicial posted...
If your disassembling the hard drives then no don't worry about it because no one's going to be able to get the info once it's apart.


You troll'in or do you really believe that?
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#6PolarisPosted 7/13/2014 12:53:54 PM
It really depends on what's stored on the computers.

If they have something that someone else could use maliciously, then don't take the risk. If it's just Windows and a web browser then who cares about that data?
#7LaManoNeraIIPosted 7/13/2014 1:05:09 PM
There is no reason to not delete all your personal information, pictures, etc other than you just don't want to. Better safe than sorry when it comes to things like this.
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#8chimichanga XDPosted 7/13/2014 1:23:33 PM(edited)
LaManoNeraII posted...
There is no reason to not delete all your personal information, pictures, etc other than you just don't want to. Better safe than sorry when it comes to things like this.


There's more to wiping data than simply deleting.
Recent article, although about smartphones, same concept.
http://mashable.com/2014/07/09/data-wipe-recovery-smartphones/
#9The_Count_FooPosted 7/13/2014 1:25:17 PM
If it was for a business and has info you don't want people getting or something you can use programs that replace every 1 with a 0 so it basically wipes it clean. Dban is one off the top of my head. Or go with the easy way of just breaking them with a hammer beyond repair.
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#10almightydunPosted 7/13/2014 1:27:36 PM
The_Count_Foo posted...
If it was for a business and has info you don't want people getting or something you can use programs that replace every 1 with a 0 so it basically wipes it clean. Dban is one off the top of my head. Or go with the easy way of just breaking them with a hammer beyond repair.


This technique has the adde benefit of being fun :) you could also hit your local hardware store and shell out a few dollars for a nice magnet to wipe the drives.
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