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Old 04-05-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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Today, I gave away my old laptop to a coworker. Before I did so, I cleared all my documents and deleted the browsing history (cookies, tempfiles, etc...).
Will that clear everything? And, can it be found again?
I trust the person I gave it to, but not his roommate. I am now paranoid that all of my saved log-in IDs, passwords, etc.. will be resurrected somehow. This didn't dawn on me until just a minute ago I also googled the roommate a month or so ago to see if I could find anything on him (he's been in prison, but I am not sure why). I am also now embarrassed that somehow they will figure out I googled him
TIA
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:25 PM
 
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Yep, most of your information is still on the laptop. There are solutions to ensuring that your disk is sanitized, you should have asked before you gave it away.

Deleting a file only 'flags' the file as deleted, it remains on the drive. Emptying the recycle bin removes the directory entry that has been 'flagged' as deleted, but does NOTHING to remove the actual file.

There are bunches of free software that can be downloaded to retrieve these files.
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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Dang. I didn't think about it before hand.
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:04 PM
 
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At the very least a format of the hard drive and reinstallation of the operating system should be done before parting with an old computer, this will keep the amatures away from your old data. Ideally a secure drive erase should be done before the reload of the operating system.
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