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question about selling my computer

by emh2 / March 31, 2010 12:31 PM PDT

I'm going to sell my laptop soon. I've already re-installed the operating system. Do I still need to overwrite the hard drive using something like Secure Erase? Or does reinstalling the operating system take care of that?

Thanks in advance!

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If it were me
by Jimmy Greystone / March 31, 2010 12:50 PM PDT

If it were me, I wouldn't take any chances, I'd just pull the drive and let the new owner pop a new one in.

Reinstalling the OS will stop the casual person from recovering data. Secure erasing will stop everyone except professionals from recovering data. Pulling and physically destroying the hard drive stops everyone from being able to recover data.

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by emh2 / April 2, 2010 1:47 PM PDT
In reply to: If it were me

Thanks, I appreciate the input!

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there is software that can help...
by Brechan / April 3, 2010 1:56 AM PDT
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Second the motion on DBAN
by Ol Rod / April 3, 2010 7:45 AM PDT

Most folks around here say it would take a very sophisticated program such as the US Government to find anything on a drive that has been cleaned with DBAN. As another poster suggested, if that is not good enough, you can just remove the drive and destroy it.

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