Securely wipe data from Thinkpad?

May 10, 2009 at 18:42:00
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I'm trying to sell my Thinkpad and I want to
securely wipe the hard drive. I know there is a
small hidden partition on the drive that holds
the recovery data. I've read elsewhere not to
use Killdisk -- it will take out the restoration
data. Anyone know of a way for me to
securely wipe (multiple times) the operating
part of the drive while keeping the hidden
partition intact? (I know the restoration
process 'wipes' the hard drive, I'm looking for a
process that's much more secure.) Thanks!

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#1
May 10, 2009 at 19:20:04
It's lucky that you found out that wiping the drive is not a good idea. The following web site looks like it will do the job:

http://www.heidi.ie/node/6

Actually a couple of passes should be more than enough, unless you are worried about someone like the NSA or CIA going after your drive. :-)


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#2
May 10, 2009 at 19:25:25
If it was me, I would wipe everything including the restore partition. Chances are, whomever it is that's going to buy the reformatted machine isn't likely looking to load the same OEM software that came with the machine anyway, maybe not even the same OS, who knows.

If you are adamant about wiping just the C: drive's content, you can do that from the DOS menu via a bootdisk.

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#3
May 10, 2009 at 20:10:40
Sabertooth

Why do you think a buyer wouldn't want a working OS and other programs on a used computer? I know I certainly would.


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#4
May 10, 2009 at 20:37:06
It's a legit Windows XP, I'd think most civilians would want to
have the OS on it even if techies did not. Other forums have
suggested I load Ubuntu and call it good -- but I want to avoid
that. Thanks for the many good posts so far, I think this
Eraser app might be the winner. As long as it can protect that
hidden partition!

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#5
May 10, 2009 at 20:45:23
An OS yes, but besides that, most people tend to load programs that they use on a consistent basis on their machines.

I think you might have misconstrued my initial response, I'm not against having a working OS on any machine that's being disposed of, I'm just more about reformatting or even deleting the partitioning & reloading the system because that makes the system seem newer & feel much snappier to the potential buyer & lessens the risk of a data breach for the potential seller.

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#6
May 10, 2009 at 21:54:16
But the recovery partition will bring up a fresh install, the way it came from the factory. It might have a bunch of junk trial software, but that's easy to get rid of.

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#7
May 11, 2009 at 03:34:52
The computer is worth more is it has an operating system and some office software.

If you never made any recovery disks you MAY still be able to do that. If you make recovery disks test them for validity. If good, then wipe the entire disk and then restore using the recovery disks.

The recovery set is designed to install everything. Even OEM makers realize hard drives die and a method to reinstall everything is required. That is what the recovery set should do.

If you are concerned that won't work then image the disk to a second hard drive or optical disk. That will give you an insurance policy and also will give you a backup of the files you will inevitably forget to backup before wiping the drive.


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