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...I have to send my laptop out to get the motherboard replaced. Short of removing everything and reformatting the computer before sending it out, what's the best way to remove all my personal information, passwords, etc. from it? I've already backed it up and will be deleting it until I get it back, but I've heard horror stories of what these nerds do with people's computers. I could care less what they think about my tastes in porn, I just don't want them stealing my identity and whatnot...
 
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:48 PM Offline   #2 (permalink)



 
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a magnet

if its already broken, why not fry the hard drive

will they still fix it if you keep the hard drive and send out the rest of it?
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:17 PM Offline   #3 (permalink)



 
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a magnet

if its already broken, why not fry the hard drive

will they still fix it if you keep the hard drive and send out the rest of it?
Oh nah, this is a separate issue. My external was the one that may have lost everything, my laptop hasn't had the right click button for a long time so I'm sending it in before the protection expires.
 
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theres this: Erase Hard Drive - CyberScrub cyberCide

and did your external die?
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:25 PM Offline   #5 (permalink)



 
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Originally Posted by Saucenah View Post
theres this: Erase Hard Drive - CyberScrub cyberCide

and did your external die?
I'm preparing for the worst. It's still under warranty so I'm going to send it back and see what they say.

From what I've read it could just be a power source problem because it's just beeping and not spinning and clicking. On the other hand the drive to be completely seized and I could be out of 500+gb of audio/video deliciousness. If that's the case I'm going to be a basket case...
 
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:49 AM Offline   #6 (permalink)



 
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She died. I'm going to go pick her up later, and get one of these.

This is going to be a really stupid question but I'm just looking for clarification. If I don't have a USB 3.0 port in my computer buying an external drive with 3.0 compatibility is useless until I have a computer with that port, right?




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She died. I'm going to go pick her up later, and get one of these.

This is going to be a really stupid question but I'm just looking for clarification. If I don't have a USB 3.0 port in my computer buying an external drive with 3.0 compatibility is useless until I have a computer with that port, right?




500gb of media gone...






First off let me express my deepest sympathy for your lost. RIP 500gb media

Now to answer you 3.0 to 2.0 usb question, the 3.0 will work in the 2.0 port but not at 3.0 speed. It will be at 2.0 speed. But if you are getting a new laptop most if not all of them out now have the 3.0 port.

As for the external HDD you linked to I have the same one (2.0 version 1TB) and haven't had any problems with it in the 6 months that I had it (knock on wood).
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:47 PM Offline   #8 (permalink)



 
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First off let me express my deepest sympathy for your lost. RIP 500gb media

Now to answer you 3.0 to 2.0 usb question, the 3.0 will work in the 2.0 port but not at 3.0 speed. It will be at 2.0 speed. But if you are getting a new laptop most if not all of them out now have the 3.0 port.

As for the external HDD you linked to I have the same one (2.0 version 1TB) and haven't had any problems with it in the 6 months that I had it (knock on wood).
Yea that's what I figured. I never had any problems with any of my externals because they don't move and I don't keep them running for days at a time. This was just a freak accident and it bounced off the floor. Going to have a couple people take a look at it and asking around for data extraction that's not $1600-$2300...
 
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