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I've seen a lot of posts here, that people can't find their install discs to put a program on their new computers.

 

While working on refurbishing discarded computers at interconnection.org, I've found a number of install discs (not to mention children's program discs) in the CD tray.

 

Before getting rid of the computer - check if you have anything in the CD tray!!

 

(Then, there was the one with 3 children's program discs wedged between the two CD drives ... :) )

 

Lynn

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I've seen a lot of posts here, that people can't find their install discs to put a program on their new computers.

 

While working on refurbishing discarded computers at interconnection.org, I've found a number of install discs (not to mention children's program discs) in the CD tray.

 

Before getting rid of the computer - check if you have anything in the CD tray!!

 

(Then, there was the one with 3 children's program discs wedged between the two CD drives ... :) )

 

Lynn

You'd be surprised how much info people leave on their old hard drives when they get rid of systems too (or maybe not). My wife works for our County's environmental dept. and they have drives where you can bring in old computer equipment. They now want you to sign papers stating they are not responsible for any fraud that 'may' come about due to info left on donated or discarded equipment.

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You'd be surprised how much info people leave on their old hard drives when they get rid of systems too (or maybe not). My wife works for our County's environmental dept. and they have drives where you can bring in old computer equipment. They now want you to sign papers stating they are not responsible for any fraud that 'may' come about due to info left on donated or discarded equipment.

Ah yes, data destruction. I've read that drilling one or more holes into the drive is most effective.

 

One computer we worked on had a 30GB drive with the pins bent so you couldn't plug in the ribbon cable. This piqued Eric's curiosity, and when eventually a dead 40GB drive turned up with the same type greenboard, Eric put together a working drive between the two. The 30GB drive was password-protected, and we didn't have the kind of tools needed to get thru a password, altho I think almost any computer repair shop would - after all, the techs don't ask you to give them your password but they work on it anyway. Howver, we did get a good 30GB drive to scrub and re-use.

 

Lynn

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There's also the sledgehammer approach :)

 

Aside from that I remember a Unix network we were given and had earmarked for a local Irish language primary school - problem was that their tech decided to do a very thorough wipe of the twin SCSI drives on the server - that complete even Fujitsu Siemens couldn't get the thing to boot again

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When i worked for a casino, they had an absolute policy that once they were going to move on there PC's , every Harddrive had a 5mil drill hole thought the hdd and then it went into a crusher, i always thought it was a major waste , but i also can see why company's do that to stop rogue people finding there data on hard drives at a later date.

 

As said here, you don't want your stuff found?, deal to the HDD, as i can tell you (Technical Systems Engineer) there is nothing i cannot get back off a HDD, and a password is but a slight pain in the butt, so don't leave your stuff on your old PC's.....

 

PS: i think things will change with the Vista Bitlocker program and digital keys required to access drives, but we will see how long that takes to be cracked....

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While working on refurbishing discarded computers at interconnection.org, I've found a number of install discs in the CD tray.

 

Lynn

 

Well, at least they kept them where they could find them. :)

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