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Disposing of a desk top computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bodd, 24 Mar 2019.

  1. StephenStephen

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  2. Neil Henry

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    I have to laugh at some of your crazy insane ideas to delete the hard drive. Made me chuckle. Thank goodness you lot aren't in I.T.

    You could remove the hard drive and buy a twin ribbon cable and install it in your new pc and keep the files safe and you know exactly where they are.

    Also, you could look here. And my personal favourite is dban and please be responsible and recycle your old pc. My old pc is a Linux network server and I could use it to host websites etc, but I use it to download and stream to my TV etc.

    https://www.lifewire.com/free-data-destruction-software-programs-2626174
     
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  3. EddieM

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    You can recover data after using dban, hopefully you don't work in IT.
     
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    A friend of a friend was able to recover a lot of data from a disc that had been chopped into 2 pieces. ( he does have access to some very very expensive equipment as part of his job )
     
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    The question arises, what is so sensitive about this data that you think someone will want to spend so much time & effort in recovering it?
     
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    Got a link that proves that Eddie?
    All that I am finding are saying that it cannot once it has finished the first pass, a thorough wiping is going to be impossible to recover. (unless it's an SSD).
     
  8. EddieM

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    Yeah, www.google.com recover data after DBAN. There is no way to absolutely securely delete data via software, you have to physically destroy the platters. But your comment about why you would want to go to such lengths is a perfectly good one, just formatting the drive would probably be fine .
     
  9. Bodd

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    I decided after all your great advise to leave it for the eliments to do phase 1.
    Phase 2 smash the bugger up.
    Phase 3 burn what needs burning....

    Nothing flash but it will work
     
  10. EddieM

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    You don't need flash, physical destruction is key, regardless of how primitive that is.
     
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    I too would love to see proof that after running dban, your data Is still recoverable. I have seen reference to recoverit, but there have not been many good reports on this software.

    Maybe by a large corporation with no limits could do this, but that would be down to other factors like corporate espionage or major theft etc.

    There would be no way they would be interested in the average users hard drive unless they had done some seriously questionable acts.

    Simple. Just dban the hard drive twice and make it impossible to recover.

    And really. Why not delete the drive and pass the pc to a family member who will fill it full of junk.

    And whatever is on your pc is your business. Not here to judge buddy. Here to help.
     
  12. mattylad

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    Looking at googled links and all of the several I read say that you can only recover the data (and partial data) if the first pass has been stopped before completion, once it has completed then your data is history.
    If you do a full wipe, the really long one that does it several times then your data is no longer.

    If this was to secure govenment data then the question would not be asked, if this was to secure simple emails/home info then DBAN is more than adequate however I suspect that this is actually to secure something more, something that people don't want others to find - like GG accidentally let someone find. :)
     
  13. This how I go about it.
     
  14. Dork Lard

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    You simply open up the case & ID the hard disk drive, remove it, then smash it up with a hammer.

    When I was last involved in IT, the HDD's were first crushed by a fly press type machine, then fed to what was a sort of beefed up paper shredder.

    Incidentally, most folk involved in keeping the sort of material that would get you locked up for a very long time are usually pretty savvy about how to obtain & store it with the minimum risk of detection. If you have something & don't have a clue about how to get rid of it . . . Then you are already known to the authorities, you are already on a list.

    As I have said before, I was very involved in the Paul Gadd incident, that was his name he booked his repair under, the photo's involved were of the highest category yet no attempt had been made to hide or encrypt them. It's almost as if he wanted to be caught !

    I also have a copy of the full list of people passed to Scotland Yard by the FBI that became Operation Ore. You better believe that list is encrypted & safely stored :)
     
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