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Author Topic: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC  (Read 1055 times)

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2020, 02:15:58 PM »
Windows 10 has a utility called Diskpart. you can access it via the Search bar on the bottpm

use "list disk" to see the pC disks and "sele X" to select disk X

it has a command - "Clean" which deletes all disk partitions on X or "Clean All" which deletes all partitions and writes 0's in every sector on X

or several disk wiper utilities available on web to make a bootable wipe disk (Boot'n NUke is good)

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2020, 02:22:32 PM »
Jesus.

What are you lot trying to hide?

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Usually bank account details and logins, cloud account passwords, names and addresses, basically anything that can be used to steal your identity or money. Also things like confidential email and work files.


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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2020, 02:28:41 PM »
Jesus.

What are you lot trying to hide?

:D

Usually bank account details and logins, cloud account passwords, names and addresses, basically anything that can be used to steal your identity or money. Also things like confidential email and work files.

Sorry, I was being facetious!
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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2020, 02:28:59 PM »
I once visited a company that recycled  computers  for the police and NHS they had a programme that wiped discs completely  and the computets  were sold on ,however  if the device had been involved in a crime it was striped in a secure room and the disc physical  shredded.  Phones and tablets went in whole and made a satisfying crunching sound

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2020, 02:30:06 PM »
Once we're out of the current craziness you're welcome to bring said disc up to mine and we'll have a cuppa whilst smacking rifle rounds through it.

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2020, 02:41:18 PM »
I agree with Mike. With an HDD docking station you can use the hard drive as an external drive, which is jolly useful for making backups (data and/or system) that are less likely to become corrupted, as once they're disconnected they can't be attacked by viri  :)

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2020, 02:44:17 PM »
Jesus.

What are you lot trying to hide?

:D

If they told you that, then surely this thread would be moot.

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2020, 02:45:09 PM »
Jesus.

What are you lot trying to hide?

:D

Evidence of how many locos and rolling stock we actually have and what we really paid for them  :D
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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2020, 02:46:35 PM »
Jesus.

What are you lot trying to hide?

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Evidence of how many locos and rolling stock we actually have and what we really paid for them  :D

My girlfriends response to my outlay?

"Well I need a new car..."

So, yes. Destroy all evidence is the MO!
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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2020, 08:27:07 PM »
Garden incinerator!

But seriously I have to destroy any paperwork that have my customers details on (Data protection act) Don't trust shredders as people with time on their hands that are good with jigsaw puzzles can put pieces back together! so I burn it.

its not a big heap to cause annoyance to my neighbours (after 7 pm)  I had a couple of old hard with drives with business data on them that I chucked in there while the paper was burning.

Next morning when I emptied the incinerator blobs of alloy that were once molten from the hard drives and also chard shells.

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2020, 12:26:11 PM »
The Bank of England, or maybe the Royal Mint, must surely have machines that can destroy coins withdrawn from circulation ?

Give them a ring

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #26 on: August 20, 2020, 12:42:43 PM »
The Bank of England, or maybe the Royal Mint, must surely have machines that can destroy coins withdrawn from circulation ?

Give them a ring

I believe it's a honking great smelter.

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #27 on: August 20, 2020, 01:14:21 PM »
If you go the hammer route, remember to wear safety glasses as the silicon disc will shatter into pieces that are very sharp and travel a surprising distance.

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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #28 on: August 20, 2020, 02:13:23 PM »
ideally also wrap it in cloth or thick polythene, then HIT it  :smiley-laughing:
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Re: Wiping a hard disc before we dump our old PC
« Reply #29 on: August 20, 2020, 03:22:02 PM »
If you go the hammer route, remember to wear safety glasses as the silicon disc will shatter into pieces that are very sharp and travel a surprising distance.

Jon
Very true, though I find there's no need to open the drive case - just bash a 6" nail through it  :D
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