RE: What about OLD computers??

Subject: RE: What about OLD computers??
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Christine Sigman" <c -dot- m -dot- sigman -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 09:30:14 -0700

Christine Sigman wrote:

> My husband and I have a few out-of-date but still functioning
computers we
> need to get rid of. I know of several charitable organizations that
> ensure they get to a good home, but am concerned about lingering data
> the
> hard drives. Is there any program or technique for definitively
> old machines? Any restore disks belonging to these machines are long

There are many, as a Google search of "wipe hard drive" (sans quotes)
will reveal. Some cost money and are way overkill. MaximumPC recently
debunked the notion that you need to overwrite data 7 times. They say a
single pass of writing zeros to the entire disk is more than enough
security for anyone not interesting to the NSA.

Here are a couple of things to check out:

HDD Wipe Tool


If you want to know more, check out this article:


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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