Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wipe and Go

a Hard Drive on FireWhile I was on WEEE it seemed an opportune time to remind everybody about your hard drives. These days businesses and individuals have the opportunity to reuse, recycle or donate their old laptops and PCs. Even if you chuck it in a skip or dump it at the tip, you don’t know where it is going to end up and WHO is going to be tinkering with the information stored on it.

.. it is vital to remember that if you are disposing of a hard disk, or simply redeploying it as part of a new system, the disk drive needs to be fully wiped of existing data.
The problem is that a PC (and therefore its hard drive) is an extension of its user. It holds and stores important personal or corporate documents, such as tax details, employee records, bank statements and CVs not to mention all the applications that have been installed, passwords that have been created and content that has been downloaded. If these details found their way into the wrong hands, it could spell disaster for the original owner.
Did you know that there are companies who specialise in recovering data from fire damaged disks?

Read how to Wipe your disk over at the BCS.

Tale care now!


  1. only way to be truely sure your info is not recoverable is to destroy the harddrive. Time to grab a hammer....

  2. The hammer is guaranteed, if it's heavy enough!

    "Wipe" is ambiguous. A lot of people think that deleting all the files on their hard drive is enough. It isn't. Deleting doesn't remove data; all it does is spoil the titles. Undelete software reinstates those titles and brings all the files back up again.

    Re-formatting your hard drive is the thing to do.

    Then take a sledgehammer to it, just to be sure. But not on the patio!