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Scrapping my rig for sale

Postby Z315 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:16 pm

Hello World!

I have an old computer that I no longer need and thinking of scrapping it for some extra cash.

My question is aside from reformatting my internal and external hard drives, are there other things I need to be aware about before selling them?

Thank you.
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Postby Karlsweldt » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:00 am

The only critical part of any computer as to keeping your identity secure is the hard drive or flash memory storage. A hard drive's data can still be read, even after several 'wipes' unless done so according to Federal security standards.
All other items are quite safe to resell or recycle into new setups. Killdisk is one of the available programs that does a thorough job..
But a complete wipe may take several hours to ensure nothing can be read!
There is one sure way that data is totally destroyed, and the hard drive is useless to anyone else.. a big hammer.
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Postby Roach412 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:30 am

personally, i never sell/give away any computers with their hard drives - i've just never had the need to.

in my opinion, a new (and/or factory refurb) drive should be used if the buyer requires a new installation of windows or whatever. i think i've only even done that once...all the other times the buy had a drive they wanted/had to use for their own fresh installation upon arrival. drives are getting pretty darn cheap for the sizes "required" for an OS.

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Postby Hardware Junkie » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:21 am

You can erase the hard drive and do a fresh installation of Windows and drivers.
That should take care of most of your worry.

If you really really need to be sure, do a low level format, then a fresh install.

Chances are that anyone who buys your computer won't front the cash to have a data recovery centre work on your hard drive.
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Postby Z315 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:50 pm

Thank you for the great advice as always.
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