At some point, you will replace your computer with a shiny new one. If you decide to sell, donate or dispose of the old computer, it’s important to properly wipe the data off your old hard drive first.
A 2017 study from the National Association for Information Destruction found that improper data erasure is very common.
When a hard drive is formatted, you’re usually only deleting the file system, making the data invisible but not gone. A file recovery program or special hardware can often recover the information.
To test this, NAID bought several hundred devices sold on sites like eBay, and they were able to recover vulnerable personal information on 40% of the devices and drives. This included the recovery of passwords using basic methods and free tools from the internet.
Sensitive files that can potentially be recovered from an old hard drive include financial and tax information, work project files, personal photos and videos, medical documents, passwords, your web browsing history, and more. If you don’t want these files and information falling into the hands of your computer’s new owner, or worse yet, a hacker, you need to perform a secure wipe of the drive.
PC Overhaul can securely erase hard drive’s to Department of Defense standard DoD 5220.22-M. This overwrites every area of the hard disk 3 times with randomized data, ensuring nothing can ever be recovered.
But before I wipe your old hard drive, we should back up your data first. Very often, people think there’s nothing important on an old computer. Later, after the computer is gone, they sometimes realize they are missing files that may have been left on the old computer. Don’t make this mistake!
I can back up all your important files to an external drive or the cloud, then securely wipe your hard drive with professional-grade software and provide you with a certificate to verify the process.
And if you are going to re-sell or donate the machine, I can also reload Windows on the computer and perform some tweaks to the system to make it better than brand new.