My work computer is 5 years old and is not responding well to the latest Office upgrade. It only has 4 GB RAM and my tech guy tells me that I need a new laptop. So, yay, but I have been using this laptop for everything for 5 years and I want to make sure that all my personal info and passwords are cleared before turning it in. So, how do I do this? (oh, it's a Latitude E6510, if that matters)
This is going back to this question where I'm dealing with obsolete computer equipment. This weekend's discovery was a laptop at least 10 years old, a desktop computer of over 5 years not running on a Windows system, and another desktop over 5 years running on Windows Vista. [more inside]
I have a MacBook Air that I am considering selling. It has an SSD, and I would like to securely wipe it clean before putting it up for sale. I know how to wipe regular hard drives, but I've heard that secure erases of SSD's actually DAMAGE the drive. Is there a secure way to remove data from an SSD hard drive without compromising its lifespan/integrity?
Last night, while playing with Find My iPhone, I erased my wife's iPhone. That's right. I erased my wife's iPhone. Apparently, it wasn't backing up to iCloud. Unless I have a good backup on her laptop via iTunes, I am screwed, right? [more inside]
How does one erase an internal hard drive when said drive is no longer hooked up to a computer and you don't have access to another computer? Then what's the best way to dispose of the drives? [more inside]
How can I securely delete files on my Android phone? I want to be sure that deleted files can not be recovered, i.e., photos, email, email attachments, evernote notes, etc. [more inside]
I need to use my iPhone 4 for an app demo tomorrow afternoon, and I'd like to wipe all of my personal data for the demo and then restore it afterward. [more inside]
I'm trying to prep a PC for donation/craigslist by wiping the drive. DBAN won't boot from the CD drive, and neither will KillDisk. [more inside]
Would a magnetic closure on a purse be strong enough to damage an iPod? [more inside]
How do I wipe a hard drive on an iMac with a dead display? [more inside]
I'm donating a computer to a friend-of-a-relative. Can data be recovered from the RAM or any other part of the computer? [more inside]
Looking for a way to wipe (for disposal) old hard drives without swapping them into my desktop. [more inside]
A friend who works for a university is moving on and has to return his computer. He's thinking of using DBAN to wipe it clean but is wondering if he'll be making more work for the computer techs (and raising their suspicions about what he was using it for) by forcing them to reinstall the OS. How likely is it that the computer techs would reinstall the OS anyway before handing the computer to someone else? Is that the norm in this situation?
I need to send my computer back to its manufacturer, as it's broken, and they've sent me a replacement. I would like to erase everything from the hard drive. Can you recommend some software to do this? It's a Windows 7 laptop with a single (though partitioned) hard drive. [more inside]
How should I safely sell my iPhone? [more inside]
Is there an app for Windows that you know of for hunting down and eradicating multiple copies of the same files? [more inside]
What is the best free way to securely wipe the hard drive of a PC (XP, I think) before re-selling it? Free means no purchase of software or hardware, if at all possible. If it helps, there are two laptops that need to be wiped, so one could wipe the other if there's some nifty way to do that. Any ideas would be much-appreciated.
Tomorrow I'll list my ACER Aspire 3680 for sale on eBay. I want to be as sure as I can that there the lucky buyer has as little chance as possible of seeing passwords/pics/personal info. Normally, I would just format and do a clean install of XP. But I've moved house and my install disk is one of 19 packing cases stored 2500km away, so that option is out. I've listed what I've already done after the jump, but I'm hoping a more tech-savvy mefite might spot a hole in my erasure efforts. [more inside]
I have an external hard drive that I'm sending back to the manufacturer due to an issue. I already have all of the data off of it, but (thankfully), a few days after I got the data, the thing is dead. The question: how do I erase all of the data off of it even if I can't boot it up? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for a good vendor for a large dry erase board in the US. [more inside]
How is data on my hard drive retrievable even after it is written over? [more inside]
What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
How to wipe a dead hard drive? After backing up my data to a recently purchased external drive, it promptly failed (and produced a horrible, burning electronics odor). As I'm still within the 14 day return policy, I shouldn't have any trouble returning it. However: I want to wipe all of my personal data from the drive first. How to do that with a drive that won't mount? [more inside]
How do I clean the data off these old hard drives without using software or a mallet? [more inside]
How many times should I zero the hard drive of a laptop I am going to sell? [more inside]
Where can I find dry-erase / whiteboard paint to put on my wall? Something like chalkboard paint.
I am returning a laptop to my employer that I have used exclusively for the last two years. I have used it as a personal machine and need to erase all evidence of my (non-work) use. I have backed up everything that needs to transfer so a clean wipe and re-install would be ok. [more inside]
Seeking script/action in Mac OSX Safari that will utomatically erase my cache and history files at a certain time each day
Mac OSX Safari --Is there a script/action that I can enable to automatically erase my cache and history files at a certain time each day? While being fairly Mac savvy, I have no experience with writing scripts. I'm really looking for an easy solution, perhaps a piece of freeware?