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SKYMTL September 22, 2009 08:12 AM

Reminder: Properly Wipe Storage Devices Before Selling
This is just a friendly reminder to everyone here on the BST forum to make sure to PROPERLY erase all of the data on ANY storage device before selling it. Trust me, you don't want those previously private videos of you and the wife showing up on the 'net let alone any personal / financial details.

Formatting a drive only does so much as anyone with an hour on their hands can restore much of the data from a formatted drive.

There are a couple of utilities I am going to recommend:

Heidi Eraser


Darik's Boot and Nuke

Both should offer you options for erasing your data before a sale. If you have other suggestions, please don't hesitate to post them up here.

However, if you are an exhibitionalist who doesn't mind your private vids / pics in someone else's hands, be my guest and sell away. :bleh:

gingerbee September 22, 2009 08:24 AM

very good point

_dangtx_ September 22, 2009 08:26 AM

the one on ubcd seems to do a better wipe..they say. i like boot and nuke too.

lowfat September 22, 2009 08:32 AM

Nothing beats HDDerase if your drives support it. It is the only tool that will erase sectors that no longer are accessible.

HDDerase - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

CMRR - Secure Erase

gingerbee September 22, 2009 08:38 AM

I thought any way to zero the drive will do the same thing no?

_dangtx_ September 22, 2009 08:57 AM

nope. you can recover stuff. unless its properly erased. then the guy would have to use a very expensive machine to get ure pron pics back..not worth it :D

lowfat September 22, 2009 08:57 AM

No. Tools that zero the drive can't access bad sectors or blocks. AFAIK HDDerase is the only tool that can erase on a firmware level.

gingerbee September 22, 2009 09:34 AM

thank for the info guys what about ssd? are they the same

lowfat September 22, 2009 09:49 AM

Well with SSD's, HDDerase erases the cells on the drive. So not only is it a good 100x faster as it doesn't need to write anything. It should also be nearly impossible to grab data off the cells.

Skyllz September 22, 2009 10:01 AM

The real question is... who bought what from who and what was on there? :rofl:

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