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Cleaning Hard Drives For Recycling

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ep-p-two, Nov 11, 2018.

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  1. ep-p-two

    ep-p-two Thread Starter

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    We are going to recycle a pile of old hard drives. Is a quick format effective enough to remove all personal information? If we don't, it will take days. As it is, they contain on the System Volume Information Folder.
     
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    ep-p-two Thread Starter

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    I meant ...contain only the System...
     
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    If you mean by "recycling" you plan to dispose of those old hard drives instead of giving them to someone to use, you can smash them with a heavy hammer or drill holes in them.

    That's the quickest and easiest way to destroy their internal platters that contain your personal data.

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    Hi Frank :)

    That's exactly what I do, good exercise :D
     
  5. monicahi

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    For protecting your personal information, formatting the hard drive is not safe enough. That’s because when you delete or format any partition of the chosen disk, the data just becomes invisible, but not gone forever. In order to prevent others from recovering your data using a certain data recovery software, you had better use a hard drive eraser, which can clear the disk in such a way that it’s impossible for anyone to recover the content.
     
  6. ep-p-two

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    We have already used CCleaner, but don't want to purchase more powerful software, so drill, it is.
    Thank you.
     
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