09-11-2010 02:53 PM
09-11-2010 04:18 PM
09-11-2010 04:20 PM
1. Take out drive.
2. Wipe clean with dish soap.
3. Buff to a high shine.
Kidding. Seriously through, there is NO SAFE AND RELIABLE way to totally remove all information off a hard drive. A reformat will clear the directory of files so they are unseen, but the data will still be there. Overwriting it over and over (minimum of 4 times) will clear it, but that takes massive time and is still not 100% reliable.
Of course, most people arn't going to TRY to retrieve your information.
But, if you have something on there that is very sensetive (corporate secrets, financial or personal data, etc), I suggest you use the old 'high speed electric drill' method, and then reinforce this by a sledgehammer.
If the data you have is NOT that sensetive (just embarrasing, like family photos, etc), use a program that writes data on the drive at random (entire drive) 4 times at least, and then forget about it.
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09-11-2010 04:33 PM