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Did you destroy the data on your old HDD/s before selling or donating?
Yes; I used basic software to write on top of the old. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Yes; I securely erased the data that was previously on it. 75%  75%  [ 3 ]
Yes; I completely replaced the HDD then shredded it. 25%  25%  [ 1 ]
No; the person who got it was someone I knew. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
No; whomever got it was probably not interested. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
No; that was nonsense to me and I did not care. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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 Post subject: Old HDD Precautions
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:36 am 
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Every year people throw out their old computers with everything in it. Little do they know that what is inside could be good as gold to a thief. Encrypting, overwriting and literally shredding your HDDs are a few measures you can take to protect yourself against identity thieves. Your Windows user password does not count. Those knowledgeable can easily bypass all Windows security features such as technicians and or government agencies. It is important that you always take steps to protect yourself from identity theft by ensuring the former data on the HDD no longer accessible. Hit Google 2nd* (or another search engine of choice) for more information about this plus other topics about computer security.

Why is this in Appraisals, Deals and Bargains? Some are probably considering donating, trading, selling or even disposing their old computer system/s. As a professional I felt it was necessary to warn those unknowing of the dangers of not correctly disposing of old data. A common sense answer really. Feel free to expand this thread further MPC Administrative team.

 Post subject: Re: Old HDD Precautions
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:49 pm 
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Why waste a good HDD; just securely erase it and you're good to go. I recommend Darik's Boot And Nuke, lots of options and a bootable disc.

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