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by xantiaman / October 15, 2007 10:10 AM PDT

hi i am upgrading to a new pc altogether and am passing my present pc on to a neighbour who is a bit of a wiz with pc,s my question is does formatting the harddrive permanantly erase the data so its totally irretrievable?i use my pc for amongst other things storing all my business details,transactions,clients address's etc and i wouldnt want my neighbour recovering any of this,if not is there another way i can erase such data?thanks

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Be sure. DBAN, KILLDISK, etc.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 10:22 AM PDT
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Are you selling or giving?
by BrianZachary / October 15, 2007 2:58 PM PDT
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Are you selling the computer to your neighbor or giving it to him? The only way to make sure your neighbor doesn't get any of your information is to take the hard drive out of the computer before giving or selling it to your neighbor. He will be able to buy a new hard drive with the money he is saving by not buying a new computer.

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Unless the neighbor has ...
by Edward ODaniel / October 16, 2007 4:28 AM PDT

lots and lots of ready cash and access to a cleanroom data recovery center DBAN and KillDisk with their DoD Wipe will prevent any data recovery.

You NEED the expensive lab to access data through residual magnetism and while governments can afford such few (extremely few) others can.

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That's probably true.
by BrianZachary / October 16, 2007 7:17 AM PDT

That probably is true, but if he has any doubts whatsoever, he should just keep the hard drive. That will alleviate any worries. Hard drives are not that expensive, so obtaining a new one shouldn't be a problem.

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