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03
Jun
2019
Erasing a hard drive

Erasing a hard drive

When you are ready to dispose of old equipment, you may choose to sell or simply trash it. In order to do this effectively, you don’t want to just move all your file to the garbage can icon, you actually want to ensure that the files and data are gone entirely.

While transferring the files to the trash can and then deleting them is a good first step, this method of data removal can sometimes leave your private information up for grabs if the hardware ends up in the wrong person’s hands. If you don’t erase your hard drive properly, you risk exposing sensitive personal data that you previously deleted – data like:

  • -social security numbers
  • -account numbers
  • -passwords
  • -etc.
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If your laptop or desktop computer has a traditional hard drive, it’s possible for people to recover that data from the drive, even after you reformat it and reinstall the operating system. This is because reinstalling the operating system won’t erase sector of the disk.

To make sure all old data is cleared and that the hardware you’re planning on disposing is considered safe to get rid of, you need to utilize a specific tool or software. CCleaner is reputable utility that is used among the tech community for effective hardware cleaning. You can also use it if you feel that your current hardware needs cleaning up to run more effectively. It works by updating your software to close security holes, and in case of disposal, wipes all remaining data that isn’t deleted by traditional methods.

For the sake of your privacy and protection, disposal is a multi-step process that needs to be done right!


If you want more security tips, check out our navitend blog site or feel free to call Patrice at 973-448-0070 ext 312. 

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