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This is why I wipe or destroy old hard drives....

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    ...or cell phones.

    Man turns old cell phone in for recycling at Radio Shack, who in turn furnishes his employer with photos he took at his workplace, getting him fired. Radio Shack says you have no right to privacy when you turn in equipment to them to be recycled.

    This is why I do a DoD (Dept of Defense) 3 or 7 pass wipe on all old hard drives at work or home with Darik's Boot-n-Nuke. Or physically destroy the drive beyond recover if it cannot be wiped. Same for cell phones, flash drives, camera cards, etc.
     
  2. quartering

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    agreed. drives/memory are cheap and disposable. destroy 'em. btw, what were the the pictures of?
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Pictures he took at his workplace. Details were not mentioned.
     
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    Brian,

    Could you explain how to do a 3 or 7 pass wipe? I have all my old phones and every computer I have ever owned all the way back to my first which was an Apple IIE. Boy have we come a long way from that old thing.
     
  5. magnumshot

    magnumshot Active Member

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    Hand sledge worked for me
     
  6. revbook

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    .45 seems to work well
     
  7. sernv99

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    Photos stored on a cell phone's internal memory are impossible to retrieve once deleted. There are tutorials out there that describe how to retrieve photos from a cell phone, if saved on a memory card within the phone, but if they were originally stored on the phone's internal memory, it is long gone...sounds like the unfortunate person in the story linked above didn't delete any of his photos from the phone (or did not take out his memory card from the phone if he had stored his photos on the memory card itself)
     
  8. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Link to Darik's Boot-n-Nuke", a self-booting Linux based program that wipes out any and all hard drives it can find. It gives several options for wiping, including DoD3 or DoD7. Dban will run from a bootable device, either a diskette, CD-rom or flash drive (if the flash drive is made bootable).
     
  9. Leo

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    Modern copy machines are not simple photo copiers anymore. They digitize the scam and print from a big hard drive. When the machine is worn, they copy machine leasing companies auction them off for whatever they can at liquidation. No one cares where they go. Lots of them end up overseas. Guess what is still in them? the hard drive with everyones information. Like your tax papers, like your legal documents, your loan papers your Social Security documents. Anything it takes to steal your identity. It is amazing more people are not ripped off by identity thieft. Kind of makes you think.
     
  10. xb40

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    +1 on the sledge hammer,and you never have to worry about it period. So much for doing a good deed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  11. HC_John

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    I like using them for a 7 mag, 300 yrd target personally.

    John MI
     
  12. Onceabum

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    A drill works fine.
     
  13. X2 fan

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    Yes, a 3/16" drill bit three or four time through the hard drive would render it unreadable.

    Tim
     
  14. Auctioneer

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    I either delete my info and or have the cell co do it for me. Once that is done I take the unwanted phone down to the Police dept and give it to the battered women dept so they can give them to the women who need them.
     
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