Hi, I m thinking of having a bit of a computer clearout. My intentions are to either sell the PCs on eBay or hand them over to a relative/fried who wants it.
I know that to be absolutely certain that data on the HDD is destroyed; I would probably need to burn the hard disk, smash it into billions of pieces and split them around the world. However, I don't think I can do that nor do I want to replace a new hard disk in them.
So what I want to know is - what sort of data software can erase the personal data from the PCs in the safest possible manner?
I ll be doing a complete clean system restore on them but what other applications can you recommend?
We just saw a clip on TV news indicating that the only way to be sure that personal data was not recoverable from the HDD was to destroy it totally. I understood it was pretty well impossible to recover data after reformatting the HDD, is this not so?
Data can be recovered from a hard drive that's been reformatted and defragged. All you need is something called a “low level format program”. This will overright the whole drive with 0’s or 1’s or a combination of both. I would check the website of your HD manufacturer first as quite often they will have a suitable program for you. If not just do a google search as there are quite a few out there. Remember that you will have to reinstall your O/S and software afterwards as this will be completely erased
You don’t need to be a shady character who surfs for pages where every ones cloths fall of to want to clean your H.D. I think its better to be safe than sorry.
you should get a program to clean all your personel data when you get ride of your old pc,there was a program on tv where a guy took his pc to the council tip @ it ended up in india & africa where the were selling hard drives for £20 & were tapping in on his bank detailes & other personel things.