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Old 11-24-2006, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, i want to sell my laptop but i dont want the person who is going to buy it to find out all my passwords id and everything by retracing it all somehow. How do you make everything on your hard drive untracable???
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Old 11-24-2006, 07:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This will do the job

www.killdisk.com/ - 16k
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Old 11-25-2006, 02:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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or eraser, or as I understand it, reinstall windows with a full format. Same thing. (eraser does what killdisc does, only you can use it on unused discspace without losing any data. sorry if formatting isn't the same thing, but I'm pretty sure it is. http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser)
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or eraser, or as I understand it, reinstall windows with a full format. Same thing. (eraser does what killdisc does, only you can use it on unused discspace without losing any data. sorry if formatting isn't the same thing, but I'm pretty sure it is. http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser)
Formatting is not a secure way to erase data on a hard drive. All formatting does is set up the file system again.

Use Powermax. I've heard some people saying that it meets the government standard, meaning that it erases data as securely as the government does for their hard drives.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=1386
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Old 11-25-2006, 07:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'll add one of my favorites:
Dariks Boot and Nuke
http://dban.sourceforge.net/

It makes a bootable CD that Nukes your drive by writing over it several times until the data is unrecoverable.
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Formatting is not a secure way to erase data on a hard drive. All formatting does is set up the file system again.

Use Powermax. I've heard some people saying that it meets the government standard, meaning that it erases data as securely as the government does for their hard drives.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=1386
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Oh, you want to keep the drive intact.... Nvm..
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There is only ONE SURE way..this is to physically destruct the drive
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Old 11-26-2006, 01:11 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Get MaxBlast and write the drive with 0's. Very secure.
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if you want to be completely untracebla then burn your hard drive and break it into little bits and then eat it, but you want to keep it so just use dban and any other boot dirk eraser and sue them all, you cant really do any better, formatting doesnt do anything, just mask it but bootable dban is great does like 3 passes very good.
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