If I only wiped 10% of a hard drive before selling it, am I 90% screwed?
December 15, 2010 8:51 AM Subscribe
What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was.
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently sold a win7 xpc shuttle pc which I was using as an HTPC for about a year, but it got increasingly unstable so I sold it on eBay. There were no saved passwords, but I did run dropbox to sync my (mac) 1password keychain, and it contained about 500 gigs of tv shows and movies. I used the program eraser to delete the local dropbox copies of all files, and then booted into Darik's Nuke and Destory to do a 'Quick' single-pass erase, but I majorly underestimated how long it would take, and only got 10% through before the buyer came to pick it up, and in a stroke of shockingly bad judgement, I just handed it over before it could complete. I should probably mention some of the movies were of the adult variety, and most everything else came from torrents. Location is Australia if relevant.
I've already gone and changed all my major passwords, but I still feel pretty vulnerable. I don't have any particular reason to suspect the buyer themselves has malicious intent, but looking over their feedback in retrospect, I would be surprised if they didn't just buy electronic stuff in bulk and sell it elsewhere for profit, and I can't guarantee they will be installing a new O/S, or if that would even matter in the situation.
I suppose my question is, how concerned should I be, and what (if any) other damage control measures can I take, apart from going back in time and not being such a moron.