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Old 04-02-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
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Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

hey guys,


want to sell my laptop but being a poker player i have all kinds of programs and such on it and that probably poses some sort of security risk when i resell it. is there a way to erase ALL history of me on the hard drive? am i being paranoid and will just removing all programs be enough?
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:10 PM   #2
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you're not being paranoid

at a minimum, you need to wipe the harddrive with a multipass erasing program then reinstall windows.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:54 AM   #3
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Re: Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

cool, ty.

using killdisk right now, ty for heads up.
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:10 AM   #4
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Re: Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

btw, i nuked EVERYTHING on the hard drive(dellutility/recovery/os c/ etc), i assume this was the correct way to go about this?
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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Re: Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

As long as you can reinstall the OS that's fine.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:57 PM   #6
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Re: Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

The free version of killdisk just erases with zeros in a single pass. That's probably good enough to keep yourself secure from most people.

If you're super paranoid you can use DBAN for a multi-pass with a random number generator [1s and 0s].
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:50 PM   #7
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Re: Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

and then if u want to be really sure, use a prog like http://www.recovermyfiles.com/

to make sure it all worked
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:24 PM   #8
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Re: Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

and then if u want to be really, really sure, use a hammer.

Prolly hurt the resale value tho.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:42 PM   #9
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The free version of killdisk just erases with zeros in a single pass. That's probably good enough to keep yourself secure from most people.

If you're super paranoid you can use DBAN for a multi-pass with a random number generator [1s and 0s].
i used the pay version to be safe.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:54 PM   #10
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Re: Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

I would not have nuked the second partition if there was one. The partition where it comes with d:/recovery where you can reinstall windows from the hd. Other than that, yeah, nuke it all. Not a big deal if you did nuke that partition though.
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:43 AM   #11
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Re: Want to clear EVERYTHING off my laptop so i can sell it

How would wiping everything out with zeroes have the possibility of still allowing file recovery?
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:59 AM   #12
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How would wiping everything out with zeroes have the possibility of still allowing file recovery?
desktop software probably could never get it, but a clean room w/ the proper equipment could.
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