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Linux install over Windows

By glyall ·
Hi All
I have several PCs/Laptops that have Windows on them. I am planning to install a Linux OS on them to sell them.

If I format the hard drive with the Linux OS and install Linux on the hard drives will the data from the Windows OS be recoverable?

I could use WipeDrv or Boot & Nuke to wipe the drives before installing Linux OS, but that adds about 4 to 6 hours before I can install Linux OS on them. Is this really necessary to do?

Thank you for for input.

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by TheChas In reply to Linux install over Window ...

How much effort you spend cleaning up an old hard drive depends on how sensitive the data is, and the risk that someone who finds the data could damage you either personally or financially with the data.

The higher the risks, the more important it is to clean the drive thoroughly.

Installing a different OS is no protection in and of itself.

Changing the partition structure on the drive and formatting it for a different file system is at least as good as a single pass of most drive wiping software.

Chas

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by glyall In reply to

Thanks Chas
The answers is right on the mark as usual
I was hoping for the easy way out, I
should have know better.

Thanks
Glen

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by glyall In reply to

Thanks Chas
The answers is right on the mark as usual
I was hoping for the easy way out, I
should have know better.

Thanks
Glen

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Linux install over Window ...

As Chas said it all depends on the contents of the HDD. If there are any On Line Banking or other financial records I would wipe them with a DoD Spec Wiping Utility. I don't care if it takes 16 hours for this to run they can be left to do their own thing while you get on with other work.

Depending on the stored data you may find it better to junk the HDD's and replace them with new off the shelf units and leave them blank. That's what we do when we dispose of computers here remove the HDD fit something like a 40 or 80 GIG drive depending on what the M'Board will support and sell them off without an OS installed.

The removed drives if they have no use to one of the Company Staff get dismantled and the platters destroyed. The rest of the parts can go where you like and I tend to give these to a local Data Recovery House for use when & if needed.

Just remember that no matter what you do it's always possible to recover data if the person that is trying has enough money & time to spare to do this.

OH don't forget about the Address Books either one Government department sold off non security related systems and they had the States Premiers Personal E-Mail The equivalent to a US State Governor on at least one system and the young kid kept sending E-Mails to this guy asking for money. When he was eventually tracked down it was found that he owned that data as the Government Department concerned has sold the units As Is and had taken no steps to remove data from the HDD in a proper manner. The only solution here was that everyone who contacted this particular person had to be issued with a New E-Mail Address and the same applied to everyone else in that Address Book. So just remember something that may seem Innocent can carry a lot of useful data that you don't want to fall into the wrong hands.

Col

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by glyall In reply to

Thanks HAL 9000
You and Chas are great, thanks for you input

Thanks
Glen

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by glyall In reply to

Thanks HAL 9000
You and Chas are great, thanks for you input

Thanks
Glen

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