Selling a laptop on eBay.... clearing the hard drive?
I am gonna be throwing up my old Dell XPS M1330 on eBay in the next few days, and I am wondering what to do as far as wiping the HD to make sure that no personal data is compromised.
I still have all of the restore software, so I was thinking that I would just format the HD and ship it with a fresh install of Vista, but I have been reading that doing this could leave some data still accessible to a "motivated" person who was wanting to mine data.
I have seen a few programs that basically rewrite the entire HD with garbage so that no previous data will remain, but do you guys really think that is necessary? I would think that the majority of people would not know how to access old data if I do a format and reinstall the OS. Would it be stupid of me to assume that?
For those of you who have sold their old machines to strangers, what did you do to ensure that your data was safe?