Clearing the unallocated disk space
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Mon Nov 17 15:16:08 UTC 2014
On Mon, 17 Nov 2014, Ed Greshko wrote:
> On 11/17/14 12:58, Tim wrote:
>> There have been cases of people getting refurbished drives which did
>> have the previous owners data on them.
> Do you have first hand knowledge of this or is this something you've just heard about?
> The reason I ask this is I have a friend that worked at WD in the HD manufacturing and refurbishment area a few years back. I had asked him about this very same thing. He indicated that WD had very strict quality control and he couldn't think of a way it would pass through their processes with previous data still intact.
> Or, maybe you're talking about cases where the drives aren't actually going back to the manufacturer?
Well, it's been reported a number of times. See, for instance:
I've bought "refurbished" *computers* with data on them -- though it was clearly not the drive that was "refurbished." There are still a lot of small computer stores, particularly in rural areas, that spiff up older boxes and sell them at a discount, and there are vendors at those things they hold at the state fairgrounds now and then who show up with piles of old laptops they sell for a song. Those are all sold as "refurbished," but pretty much really mean "we vacuumed the keyboard and replaced the broken power connector."
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