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Old 03-28-2006, 11:48 AM   #1
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I have an old Toshiba Satellite that I am planning to sell on ebay. I have done a complete reformat using the standard Toshiba Recovery CD and reinstalled Windows.

My question is this: can my old files be recovered by a hacker/programmer/anyone-who-knows-what-they-are-doing? My computer savvy friends say no, but I have talked to some people that say yes. I just want to be sure before I send this off and have someone start stealing my identity. Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:49 PM   #2
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there are progs that completly destroy that data more than likly you will have to by one that way you can make sure that it has a guaranteed, that way if someone dose you can use the guarante and they will have to pay for the stolen data profit loss ect.
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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if you write the hard drive full of zeros there shouldn't be any data left... format it, delete partitions repartition it, install a file system, should get rid of it.
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Old 03-28-2006, 04:22 PM   #4
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Ok thanks a bunch. Kinda sounds not worth it for a computer that MAY fetch 150-200 bucks on ebay.
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Old 03-28-2006, 04:46 PM   #5
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Go to http://killdisk.com/ and download KillDisk.

Get the floppy creator for the free version. (Downloads here: http://killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm)

Then just throw a floppy disk in your computer and run the program. The program will format the floppy. Reboot the computer and boot from the floppy.

That program will write 0's to the disk to prevent your data from being stolen. Then just reformat and install Windows.
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:20 PM   #6
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Ok sounds great. Thanks a bunch.
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:37 PM   #7
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yeah if you completely reformat the thing, you should be ok
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Use Grundee's solution. Killdisk is a very good program. So good in fact, that some agencies of the Government use it to format the hard drives of their computers. Once you use that program, and reinstall Windows as usual, there is almost 0% chance of someone finding information left over.
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Old 03-30-2006, 10:25 AM   #9
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Most likely, you will need to do a low format. The thing that just writes 0's to all the HDD
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