Do you wipe a computer HD after you buy it?

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Do you wipe a computer HD after you buy it?

  1. Yes.

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  2. No.

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  1. AlexC

    AlexC Registered Member

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    Considering the recent news of computers that already come infected from the factory (https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=332153), and also because of all crap that normally comes pre-installed in new laptops, it might be a good idea to wipe the hard drive before using the computer.

    For some this might be wise, for others just too paranoiac or hard-working.

    What do you think/do?
     
  2. philby

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    Always, doesn't take a minute and I can then shape things up how I want them.
     
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  3. Noob

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    I just uninstall apps that i don't need. :D
     
  4. ComputerSaysNo

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    Yes always wipe the HDD.
     
  5. Frank648

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    I never thought about it.
    But after you brought this up,
    yes, it might be good practice wiping a new HDD.
    Maybe it was sent back by a customer and sold as new.
     
  6. ams963

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    Same here.
     
  7. noone_particular

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    I wipe all devices/drives before using them, whether new or used.
     
  8. NGRhodes

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    Yes, but mainly as a way to check for defects.
     
  9. Noob

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    By wiping do you guys mean restore to factory defaults? :rolleyes:
    Or you mean completely formatting the PC and then reinstalling an OS you have?
     
  10. AlexC

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    Formatting the PC and then reinstalling the OS.
     
  11. noone_particular

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    For me, wiping means deleting all partitions, overwriting the entire drive with pseudo-random data, then repartitioning and reformatting it to suit my need.
     
  12. luciddream

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    Absolutely. The first thing I do when I get a new HD/computer is set the thing to slave, throw another HD in there to boot from, and use it to write zeros to every sector of the new HD.
     
  13. Kerodo

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    I usually just uninstall/remove anything unnecessary and use it normally until the time comes when it really needs a reformat, i.e. when something gets hosed beyond repair, etc....
     
  14. chrisretusn

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    Yes. To remove unwanted software.
     
  15. luciddream

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    It doesn't end at unwanted software for me. To use an expression: "I don't know where that thing's been." I need to know, 100%, what's on the thing. And I only want on it what I choose to put on it. This is the only way to do that.
     
  16. Osaban

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    Ditto. Although I might be more thorough in the future considering the latest disturbing news about factory infected machines.
     
  17. KelvinW4

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    I just uninstall stuff because that would take too long on a "clean" machine if it was clean.
     
  18. SweX

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    It depends :)
     
  19. new2security

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    Never thought of new HD's from Seagate, Samsung etc could come with unpleasant surprises? I think the chance is pretty slim.
     
  20. Noob

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    Nothing is perfect. :D
     
  21. roger_m

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    I only wipe a harddrive if the previous user has installed a different version of Windows than what was preinstalled. For example I bought a netbook where Win 7 Starter had been replaced with XP, so I made a bootable Win 7 Starter flash drive and installed that (with the original serial number from the Windows sticker on the computer).
     
  22. ProTruckDriver

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    I never thought about it either. Looks like I'll start wiping the HD after I buy a new computer from now on. ;)
     
  23. wtsinnc

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    Yes, I always wipe a new drive.

    Paranoid ?
    Perhaps to some, but remember the revelation a few years ago about 500 GB Maxtor drives manufactured in Thailand leaving the factory with installed malware ?

    I would much prefer being safe rather than sorry.
    In fact, being safe is my only preference.
     
  24. zfactor

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    100% yes way to much junk installed from the factory. and imo just uninstalling it doesnt ever fully remove things.
     
  25. x942

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    I run a single pass of DBan's PRNG Stream wipe with 3 rounds. Just to ensure nothing is there and because LUKS encryption does encrypt free space. I also wipe any phones I get and pretty much anything I can wipe.
     
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