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  • I’ve got a little netbook that I’ve decided to sell (HP2133). Although I’ve not used it much, I am a bit concerned that I need to erase everything thoroughly before passing it on. I’ve run DBAN’s “autonuke” and am about to reinstall the original SUSE operating system on it (I had put Win7 on but have migrated the licence to my new computer).

    Does this sound as if I’ve taken enough steps to ensure no one can hack into deleted documents, passwords, personal information, etc.

    IT people, all advice gratefully received ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you in advance.

    uplink
    Member

    You’ll need a tin foil hat to to complete the protection

    Premier Icon pedalhead
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    Autonuke will have done the job I think.

    It definitely looks the business and a quick Google suggests that it does the trick. I might run it twice and then put the OS on – hopefully belt and braces approach.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    if you run Autonuke twice it exactly undoes what it did the first time completely restoring the HDD image.

    It’s ok, most people will want to put their own porn on there rather than looking at yours.

    OK … I won’t run it again ๐Ÿ™‚
    I was also looking at Wipedrive – $20 but ultra secure by the look of it and can do iPods, external HDs, etc. Might be worth the investment. I am a little paranoid about security (although not for any particularly good reason I hasten to add!).

    Got to go and eat a hog roast at the Christmas Market in Manchester now, but will look in again later … thanks for the comments.

    druidh
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    Take out the disc. Smash it up. Job done.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    wot druidh sed if you feel there’s any data on there you don’t want someone to recover.

    Spongebob
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    if you run Autonuke twice it exactly undoes what it did the first time completely restoring the HDD image

    Hahaha. Nonsense! Those programmes stripe a pattrn of data over the whole volume. Running it twice could never restore the volume, just makes the original data even less readable.

    Run the military standard seven pass option to be sure nobody can ever recover data.

    uplink
    Member

    Hahaha. Nonsense! Those programmes stripe a pattrn of data over the whole volume. Running it twice could never restore the volume, just makes the original data even less readable.

    I suspect he wasn’t serious ๐Ÿ™‚

    Spongebob
    Member

    Hahaha. Nonsense! Those programmes stripe a pattrn of data over the whole volume. Running it twice could never restore the volume, just makes the original data even less readable.

    I suspect he wasn’t serious

    He’s serious about outbuildings though! Who would use Cellotex when building a shed? ๐Ÿ˜†

    Or was it Kingspan?

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    see what little you know spongebob!

    It was Xtratherm ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anyway, the shed will fall down, bruneep says so.

    xiphon
    Member

    @ Stoner

    Ha ha..

    Best geeky IT joke of the day so far….

    @ OP

    DBANS will wipe everything no problem.

    Premier Icon DaRC_L
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    Have a look at this ZDNet article on Secure Erase

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    You’ve answered your own question, DBAN is the daddy here.

    Conqueror
    Member

    Did you say you wanted to do this properly?

    ๐Ÿ˜€

    This is the way to be sure. Hard Drive Shredder.

    ron jeremy
    Member

    Just out of interest, do you have a buyer ready or a price in mind?

    (email in profile, if you prefer)

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