November 22, 2017
Most of us have an old laptop sitting around collecting dust. It might even be joined by a few old phones and other outdated hardware in the old tech graveyard in a corner of the house. Well, the hardware itself might actually be useful to someone. You can donate it or perhaps even sell it depending on its age and condition. But one thing you definitely don’t want is someone stealing your data, all the old files you’ve built up over time, pictures, documents, spreadsheets, you name it. So before you go donating your old devices, make sure to fully wipe clean the hard drives first.
Formatting your drive is NOT enough. It actually leaves your data intact and there is software out there that can recover it. There are four ways to COMPLETELY erase your hard drive so that nobody can ever crack into it and steal your data. In the video and podcast below the Paul Bristow, the Gadget Guru at World Radio Switzerland, explains option number four on this list. Hint: you will need power tools! But you’ll also be able to rest 100% easy that your data will be completely irrecoverable.