Recycling a PC...

DaSleeper
#1
I have a notebook that I rarely use anymore, Actualy the only time I ever use it is to update the the operating system and the antivirus every month.
I don't feel like going through all the trouble of taking out all my personal data out of it piece by piece...
There is a reset feature in Windows 10 that might do it for me.....seems like it wipes everything except the operating system
This link explains it better than I could...

How to Use the Windows 10 Reset Your PC Feature (external - login to view)

Question: Anyone on this forum ever use it?
And does it work O K?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#2
I had an old XP machine. My son used it for a while then it died (would not boot up). I removed the hard disk and just junked the rest. I still have the hard disk as that would be the only thing that has any data.

I have seen guys un-erase a hard disk. What most OS stuff does to free it is just rebuild the block map to mark the blocks as free and available. If you want to truly wipe it you need to physically format every sector (ideally writing FF then 00 to each byte).
 
DaSleeper
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

I had an old XP machine. My son used it for a while then it died (would not boot up). I removed the hard disk and just junked the rest. I still have the hard disk as that would be the only thing that has any data.

I have seen guys un-erase a hard disk. What most OS stuff does to free it is just rebuild the block map to mark the blocks as free and available. If you want to truly wipe it you need to physically format every sector (ideally writing FF then 00 to each byte).

Oh I'm just looking to see if anyone has used that feature of windows ten, which would be easier than manually deleting all my files and programs from all the hidden folder....which I have done in the past.
Then used the CCleaner free space drive wiper to overwrite thee passes which takes quite a while to do but you don't have to stay there while it's doing it.
If one is really paranoid he just sets it for 35 passes while he goes on a short or long trip depending on the size of the drive
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Oh I'm just looking to see if anyone has used that feature of windows ten, which would be easier than manually deleting all my files and programs from all the hidden folder....which I have done in the past.
Then used the CCleaner free space drive wiper to overwrite thee passes which takes quite a while to do but you don't have to stay there while it's doing it.
If one is really paranoid he just sets it for 35 passes while he goes on a short or long trip depending on the size of the drive

Manually deleting the files does not wipe them. However, if they actually write the stuff in the sector (even 1 time), it sounds good. But you would have to put your faith in Microsoft.

I am still using Windows 7 so I can't comment more on the new feature.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Oh I'm just looking to see if anyone has used that feature of windows ten, which would be easier than manually deleting all my files and programs from all the hidden folder....which I have done in the past.
Then used the CCleaner free space drive wiper to overwrite thee passes which takes quite a while to do but you don't have to stay there while it's doing it.
If one is really paranoid he just sets it for 35 passes while he goes on a short or long trip depending on the size of the drive

Wipe the drive with Win 10.
 
DaSleeper
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

Wipe the drive with Win 10.

I saw that option too....but I'm wondering... how many passes with the windows clean up, if it overwrites like CCleaner
 
EagleSmack
#7
Do you live near the ocean?
 
DaSleeper
+1
#8
What?.... You want me to deep six it?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
+1
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

What?.... You want me to deep six it?

It won't erase the data. Only the electronics on the drive. It is possible to reconstruct (although the law of diminishing returns may apply here).
 
EagleSmack
#10
I think it will rust and stuff.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
+1
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

I think it will rust and stuff.

Eventually. But somebody looking for DaSleepers visa card could be tailing him and dive in and recover before that happens.
 
EagleSmack
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Eventually. But somebody looking for DaSleepers visa card could be tailing him and dive in and recover before that happens.

True.

What about completely smashing the hard drive to bits and bringing it to the Marianas Trench?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

True.

What about completely smashing the hard drive to bits and bringing it to the Marianas Trench?

That would be getting close.
 
DaSleeper
+1
#14
BTW I'm not trying to dump it but give it away......every year the hospital auxiliary have a "Hey day" <spelling>, where they sell recycled stuff to profit the local hospital...
It,s like a huge garage sale....in early September, indoors at the arena...
 
EagleSmack
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

BTW I'm not trying to dump it but give it away......every year the hospital auxiliary have a "Hey day" <spelling>, where they sell recycled stuff to profit the local hospital...
It,s like a huge garage sale....in early September, indoors at the arena...

Ahhhhh....

Well hey... as the mobsters say... why take a chance?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
+2
#16  Top Rated Post
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

BTW I'm not trying to dump it but give it away......every year the hospital auxiliary have a "Hey day" <spelling>, where they sell recycled stuff to profit the local hospital...
It,s like a huge garage sale....in early September, indoors at the arena...

And you don't want to make them swim for it. How nice of you!
 
spaminator
#17
you can try deleting all of the partitions.
 

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