Totally erasing a HDD

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Totally erasing a HDD

Postby Jim » Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:20 am

Is there a way to totally erase a HDD? I'm planning on selling a couple but only if I can make sure my bank details and other information previously stored on them can never be found. Is this possible?

Thanks for any help :)

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Postby Rude » Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:50 am

Fill it up with meaningless data, then format it?

If my thinking is correct, any data recovery attempts will just bring back that meaningless data.
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Re: Totally erasing a HDD

Postby eVoL » Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:51 am

Jim wrote:bank details
:lol:



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Postby Jim » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:17 am

Yeah, more like wank details! Eh eVoL?

But no, I don't do porn, it's disgusting.

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Postby Me » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:35 am

Rude wrote:Fill it up with meaningless data, then format it?

If my thinking is correct, any data recovery attempts will just bring back that meaningless data.

Nope, you could do that 4 times in a row and its still possible to get it back. The generally accepted way is to destroy the HDD. But yeah, if its a non-technically minded couple you know I doubt they'd be a problem after a format.

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Postby DjchunKfunK » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:44 am

Just don't sell it to a guy wearing an stripy jumper and a ski mask.
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Postby WMain00 » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:51 am

fdisk C:

tbh ¬_¬

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Postby Carl » Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:13 pm

Go here
http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/
It's free but donations are welcome. M.O.D. uses tech like this.

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Postby Jim » Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:00 pm

muchos gracias senior!

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Postby Edam » Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:17 pm

I'd zero-fill it, format it, then zero fill it, then format it again. Or just zero fill and format if you can't be arsed.

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Postby Wolfy » Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:22 pm

He's afraid I'll discover his porn. I'm still getting one of your HDDs, aren't I? ¬_¬

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Postby Wrathbone » Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:48 pm

Me wrote:Nope, you could do that 4 times in a row and its still possible to get it back. The generally accepted way is to destroy the HDD.


We have a shed for that at work. It's great fun to take out a bit of stress on a hard disk with a hammer. :D

To make data unrecoverable without destroying the disk, though, you have to erase it seven times over. There are programs out there which will do this very quickly (in case the feds turn up to confiscate your world domination plans or child porn collection, for instance).
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Postby Achtung Englander » Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:01 pm

format it twice - once should do the job - twice for good measure

formating a D + drive is easy - you can do that via Windows

formatting a C drive can only be initiated by the Windows CDRom during boot up
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Postby Mantis » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:44 pm

I think you're missing the point a bit there. People can still access old files even after numerous formats. He wants to completely erase old files from the hard drive.

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Postby Plant » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:49 pm

So nobody can find "his" bank details that he didn't steal from people.

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