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Repair Shops Protocol

by msmith379 / March 1, 2008 3:42 AM PST

Quick question. I am going to have to take my computer into a repair shop. In trying to fix it myself I have done a restoration disk run but I haven't been able to run a DBAN yet to make sure everything is off.

My question is do most repair shops check your hard drives for information or am I just worrying about them trying to get my personal stuff that may still be on there?

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Widely discussed. Don't give them a break.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 3:56 AM PST
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I would rather be safe than sure.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 3:59 AM PST
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Simply put, you never know.

Even the large retail computer stores might be tempted, but certainly the smaller local stores might inspect the files on the hard disk. In any case, checking the contents of the hard disk may be a normal part of the repair process.

So I would remove everything personal. If there was anything really personal I would reformat, then run something like DBAN to make sure everything is gone.

You didn't say anything about the problems with the system or with using DBAN.

Mark

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Not sure what the problem is with the PC
by msmith379 / March 1, 2008 4:04 AM PST

But after doing the restore disk it freezes up even if I don't do anything after about 5 mins from startup.

Also when I do try to do the DBAN it won't start up. Not sure what is wrong.

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The 5 minute PC.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 4:15 AM PST
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I've tried cleaning
by msmith379 / March 1, 2008 4:20 AM PST
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but I can't seem to get the casing free in order to clean it.

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I'd help but I'm blind.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 4:27 AM PST
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I can't find the make and model of the machine in question in your posts.

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Its Toshiba Satellite A55-A326
by msmith379 / March 1, 2008 5:11 AM PST

I was able to get it open and I cleaned the fan but after putting it back together the power button is now unresponsive. I feel like I keep making it worse.

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Here's the disassembly guide.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 6:21 AM PST
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