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Restore to default state in Asus Eee Note EA-800?

I can't remember the password I configured to access my Asus Eee Note EA-800: https://www.asus.com/supportonly/EA-800 The user manual doesn't provide any wipe instructions or process. How to do a ...
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Hard wiping Linux laptop to fix Wifi

Some time ago I booted my laptop up and for some reason my WiFi stopped working... F9 nor the WiFi switch and button seem to respond anymore no matter how or which order I press them. Messed with ...
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In case of OS and MBR malware, what will be the difference between a factory reset, a format and a disk wipe? [duplicate]

In case of malware infection in latest windows OS, like win 10, which is the best course of action for complete disinfection - a factory reset using troubleshoot and recovery, a format of entire drive ...
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What marks data as deleted - the hard drive or the filesystem?

Anyone with a cursory understanding of data recovery and sanitisation as it relates to hard drives is aware of the concept that data "permanently" deleted from within an operating system is not ...
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Format a USB Drive CDFS to NTFS

I have some USB Drives that came pre-programmed. They are read-only and are being loaded as a CD Drive (ISO9660 / CDFS). I cannot format the drives via the standard "right-click >> format". I have ...
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How safely does reinstalling Windows wipe old data?

I've got a set of computers that have had privileged information on that I want to be able to re-use. If I used a Windows boot drive to re-install Windows, how sufficient would that be towards keeping ...
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How to Zero out free space on a pen drive on Windows?

I am looking for commands or methods whereby I can just write all zeros to the free space on a Pen drive on Windows OS. The existing files should not be affected. There's a built in command called '...
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Wipe UEFI hard drive

I would like to completely wipe my hard drive but I can't achieve it because it's an UEFI hard drive so : - DBAN won't work; - I can't use tools such as HDDErase because I can't boot from FreeDOS ...
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Wiping free space - NFTS, exFAT?

I'm trying to wipe some of my older (NTFS, external) hard drives, but even after using 'Wipe free space' programs like CCleaner and Eraser, the file names are still visible in file recovery programs. ...
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Are some files that show up in the Windows Recycle Bin of a fully formatted secondary drive linked to another drive or physically present?

I have a primary (boot) SSD and a secondary HDD (via a SATA-to-USB adapter) connected to my computer. My goal is to sell the secondary HDD without exposing any previous data that was stored on it. I ...
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Cypher command din't wipe my deleted data

I used Recuva and got a list of deleted data that can be recovered, then applied the Windows command Cypher to wipe the partitions D and C, 3 passes were made. cipher /w:D:\ cipher /w:C:\ Finally I ...
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Is the dban quick method for HDD equal to a full wipe?

I wiped my HDD with DBAN and the quick method. Craig Steven Wrigt says it‘s secure to erase an HDD one time. I think so too, but is the DBAN quick wipe a full one time wipe?
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Is the blocksize important when wiping a disk with dd and zeros

I used dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4096 For wiping a disk. Can be the blocksize a security risk or is it just speeding the thing up. Sorry for my bad english
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If This Is TRIM, DBAN Should Work

I am informed that drive wiping tools do not work reliably on SSDs due to such features as wear leveling. Here, for example, a quote from MakeUseOf: [T]o comply with wear levelling, the SSD must ...
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How to erase any kind of files after formating and installing Fedora 27 Workstation

How can I safely erase files that could potentially be recovered after a hard drive format and installation on a Fedora 27 workstation? I was using Windows 10, and everything that I had in Windows 10 ...
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How to securely erase HPA, DCO, and any bad sectors of a SCSI HDD

Does dd if=/dev/zero of =/dev/cciss/c0d0 bs=1M wipe over the HPA, DCO, and any bad sectors?
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Accidentally used “sudo dd” on Ubuntu to nuke my entire Windows partition, how should I attempt to recover the data? [duplicate]

I had installed Ubuntu on my Windows 7 PC. I was following some tutorial that required sudo dd, but I misused it and caused my PC to hang follow the application of sudo dd. After hanging for about ...
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Wipe hard drive on old windows xp laptop - no CD Drive & no USB Boot support

I need to wipe an old laptop (one pass, all zeros will do). The laptop is ancient and has: Windows XP Professional installed as its sole os. no USB boot support no working CD drive no hammer/drill ...
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Can I reliably use `dd` to wipe the root filesystem on a running Linux server?

I have a (physically) remote server I'd like to securely destroy. Unfortunately, the disk is partitioned with a single, large root partition and nothing else. Can I reliably use dd to wipe the device ...
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Should HDDs be wiped out periodically to refresh them?

Should HDDs be wiped out periodically to refresh them, using Darik's Boot and Nuke for example or just when extremely needed? In other words, do programs like DBAN act like fresheners or should their ...
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Do I still have to wipe a drive which was encrypted with BitLocker, then formatted?

I want to sell a HDD. It was BitLocker-encrypted and I formatted it, removing the encryption. Could there still be recoverable data on the drive? E.g. if I never used all space on the drive while it ...
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Is reinstalling windows enough for deleting all data? [duplicate]

I'm returning my laptop and I'm just going to go through the Windows installation via USB, delete the partitions through there, and reinstall windows. It's an HDD, in case that matters. That's enough ...
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Zeroing a file from command-line

Is there a built-in command in Windows 7 or higher to fill a file with zero / NULL bytes? The processing should happen in-place (i.e. it should modify the actual disk sectors / bytes of the file), ...
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Delete file/folder and wipe it

Is there a simple way (in Windows 7 or higher) to delete a file or folder and wipe it? (all data filled with zero bytes is enough for me). Either with GUI: Right click on file > Contextual menu &...
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Wiping without losing license of Windows 7

I am going to wipe my HDD with the help of using DBAN (Darik's Boot And Nuke). I have a laptop with a genuine Windows 7(provided by OEM). So if I wipe then can I again activate windows 7? (I don't ...
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Is my laptop wiped?d the drive c, and then set up a recovery partition so I could sell the laptop

I took my laptop to a computer store to be wiped before reselling. The owner wrote in the comments section that he wiped the drive C using DOD and set up a recovery partition. Does this sound right? ...
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Securely wiping a drive with DD, /dev/zero or /dev/urandom?

I have to securely wipe all data from a hard drive as I'm going to give it away. I plan on using the dd under linux utility to do so, after a little bit of research, I found two ways of doing so: dd ...
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what is the fastest way to erase/wipe hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a 1T usb 2.0 portable hard drive that I need to get rid of. I didn't know it's such a pain to get it wiped! Tried Eraser, 1 pass(psuedorandom) by default took 18 hours. Tried Western Digital'...
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Wipe luks partition in pre-boot

I have a machine running CentOS7 whose primary partition is encrypted via crypt-setup / luks; I am prompted for my encryption password on boot. This is a machine that is to be turned over to another ...
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Securely erase empty disk space on a Win 3.1 / DOS 6.22 system with builtin tools

I have a retro laptop from 1994, an IBM Thinkpad 340, which I want to give away, but first want to securely erase its deleted files. The system contains both a GUI and CLI undelete application, which ...
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HPA and DCO on eMMC disk?

I bought a used Tablet (Pokini Tab A8, should be identical with: Aavamobile Inari 8, Fujitsu Stylistic V535, Wortmann TERRA PAD 885 INDUSTRY, Bressner TOUCAN Mobile 8.3", TETRATAB Casepad 8 and TAROX ...
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Where is data written to on a hard drive after a wipe?

I just used the "windows media creation tool" on a 1TB HD, and my drive was mistakenly wiped in the process. I did not read the warnings when using "windows media creation tool," so tried to use a ...
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SDelete: where to get the physical disk number from?

Until recently, I have deleted hard disks this way: Delete all partitions in Windows Create a single partition for the whole drive Assign a drive letter Run sdelete -z with the drive letter New ...
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How to wipe and reinstall Centos remotely?

Long story short, I removed the default python version Centos 6.8 comes with, and now Yum is broken. At this point, it seems best to completely try again. In light of this, how can I wipe the ...
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How strong of a magnet would be needed to mess up this hardware?

I just bought a magnetic dry erase board that also came with 2 small magnets. I intend to carry these items everyday in my backpack alongside my laptops and my phone. Some days, I will have my Lenovo ...
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Can I stop cipher from wiping free space right after writing 0x00?

Can I stop the cipher utility from wiping free space on a large drive just after it finishes writing 0x00?
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Can I wipe a password reset disk?

Say I made a password reset disk. However, I found it best not to exist, I remember my password quite well. Now, how do I make sure that Windows doesn't prompt "Reset password", make the disk blank, ...
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How can I securely wipe an SSD? [duplicate]

One of our clients is asking for DOD-7 Pass Erase method for SSD's. We tried wiping an SSD 256 GB (Samsung Make) via Tabernus lan, but it's taking too much time. Please guide me how to wipe the SSD ...
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How to wipe an Asus laptop and not lose the Windows product key?

How do I wipe my Asus laptop without losing the Windows product key? The machine was originally 8.1, now it's 10. Where can I find this key? Should I make a backup of the recovery partition? If yes, ...
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how to erase sensitive data “permanently” if hd broken and cannot do full random overwrite?

I purchased a broken hard drive. I copied some of my movies on it. It is broken now. I want to send it back to the factory. I wanted to permanently delete all my files with "Sdelete" secure tool. ...
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Why should we wipe disks multiple times? [duplicate]

There exists various ways of destroying the data on a disk. Even simple wipes differ, some disk utilities give these options: Format (does not actually wipe) Wipe 1 time with zero Wipe 1 time with ...
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Erase disk without inserting media

I have remote access to a Windows 7 machine. I would like to erase the hard disk of that machine. I do not have the ability to insert boot media (CD, DVD, USB sticks, ...). How can I overwrite all ...
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Wipe hard-drive split over several days?

My problem is that wiping the drive takes 1.5 days, and I absolutely need to have my computer off during the night. My fan is too noisy, my room is very small, and I sleep next to the computer. Is it ...
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How can I wipe my Chromebook without the powerwash button?

I have a Chromebook, and ideally, I'd like to restore it to it's factory state, without any owners, any user accounts, or any data whatsoever. There's only one problem. I have no access to the ...
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Can I reinstall Windows on a Laptop after a Wipe?

I want to run single-boot Linux on my ThinkPad x220, but I want to retain the option of going back to Windows later. There is a sticker with the product key (Windows 7 Pro) on the bottom of the laptop....
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How Data recovery and data wiper mechanism works on windows ?

I am a competent windows OS computer user . I know Delete , Shift + Delete and some of the Data recovery and data wiper tools. But i don't know how these stuffs are working behind the scenes. In my ...
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Is there a way to zerofill the page file once for VM compaction?

I know it's not good practice to completely disable the page file even with seemingly sufficient amounts of RAM. I have a number of Windows VMs that naturally have a page file enabled at the default ...
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Eraser says filesystem not suported

I tried to use Eraser to delete specific files but it didn't work out. I get the error filesystem not supported How do I solve my problem with Eraser? EDIT: I'm trying to delete files on the same ...
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Wipe secure USB drive showing up as 2 devices

I have a 16GB USB flash drive that has been set up by a program, memup/memorybar, to be separated into a public and a private part. I am not the one who set it up, so I do not know the password, and i ...
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How to make it so that I can't re-image my computer? [closed]

I'm running windows 7. How can I make it so that I (or anyone else) cannot re-image my computer. Is there software or drivers I should get to do this? Thanks a bunch.