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Author Topic: Undeleted data on second-hand disk drives  (Read 1424 times)


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Undeleted data on second-hand disk drives
« on: April 25, 2012, 02:05:25 PM »

As I have posted on the forum before it's just amazing what people leave on the computer if they give it away .
I have only been asked twice to wipe the hard drive of a computer when I have been given them.
I use ' Dban '
I have a set of 8 fixed IP's From my Eclipse isp.
BT ADSL2 (G992.3) line>HG612 set as a Modem, Bridge, WAN not Bound to LAN1 or 2 >Smoothwall (Hardware Firewall and routing) > Ethernet LAN, DMZ,WiFI LAN and Spare LAN .
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Re: Undeleted data on second-hand disk drives
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 10:43:36 AM »

To put this article in context, they did resort to using specialised software to recover data.
In which case, I am surprised the percentages were not higher i.e. only 1% contained enough data for identity theft and I suspect that was a business hard disc.

However, I take your point that users should remove data before disposing of a hard drive and I would also use DBan.
I suspect many computer users still believe formatting a drive removes does doesn't.