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April 10th, 2005

Destroy Your Data

As I’ve alluded to this past week on the Ping, I’ve got a new computer. It’s also time to sell the old one (and it’s on eBay) but in the interim I was concerned: what about all that data on the hard drive? Sure, a simple format will kind of take care of it.

I was pleased to see, though, that OS X provided not one but two options. The first one was to write zeroes to the entire hard drive. The second was to write random data to the disk eight times. I’m not sure why eight, but… okay! I ultimately chose to do both. I like that it was an easy process.

I don’t know if it’s a little too paranoid, but when throwing out CDs and DVDs I’ll scratch up the surface something awful. It’s kind of like shredding a credit card, I guess. I’m not the only one that does this, right?

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