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HI OC.net, I have a 200GB Maxtor that doesn't work, I tried to use it, but in Norton Partition Magic 8.0 it says that the drive is "bad" in yellow. I did use it for a while but then it kept crashing/freezing my PC (even mouse & keyboard wouldn't work). So I cant use it any more, I know the data on it is lost, but its not that much of a deal, but the problem is that if I RMA it will Maxtor attempt to look and read it? Because I have some data on there that I do not want others to read it, its got about 10GB of documents, videos and pics for my business not to mention customer lists, spreadsheets and personal info that I don't want to give out.

I know that drives get encrypted with Windows but I didn't have Windows on it but I used it with another drive which did, but can they still decrypt it and read it? Is there a way around this so the data is erased? I can't put it in my PC because when I try to access it, it just freezes my PC. Can anyone help? Or I am going to have to take a risk and hope they can't decrypt it with their super computers.

Thanks.
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I know the military and the government have devices they can plug right into the drive and it does a bit wipe. Other than that? Radio Schlock bulk magnetic tape eraser.
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Originally Posted by FrankenPC
I know the military and the government have devices they can plug right into the drive and it does a bit wipe. Other than that? Radio Schlock bulk magnetic tape eraser.
Yep, big magnet
    
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HI Overclock.net, I have a 200GB Maxtor that doesn't work, I tried to use it, but in Norton Partition Magic 8.0 it says that the drive is "bad" in yellow. I did use it for a while but then it kept crashing/freezing my PC (even mouse & keyboard wouldn't work). So I cant use it any more, I know the data on it is lost, but its not that much of a deal, but the problem is that if I RMA it will Maxtor attempt to look and read it? Because I have some data on there that I do not want others to read it, its got about 10GB of documents, videos and pics for my business not to mention customer lists, spreadsheets and personal info that I don't want to give out.

I know that drives get encrypted with Windows but I didn't have Windows on it but I used it with another drive which did, but can they still decrypt it and read it? Is there a way around this so the data is erased? I can't put it in my PC because when I try to access it, it just freezes my PC. Can anyone help? Or I am going to have to take a risk and hope they can't decrypt it with their super computers.

Thanks.
Don't worry they won't even bother looking into your precious little HDD, they have more stuff waiting besides your HDD. They have a job to do!
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post #5 of 18
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OK, so I should just RMA it and take the small risk?
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post #6 of 18
They're not going to be spending their time recovering your data lol. It costs alot of time and money to recover data from HDs so most companies won't just randomly look at stuff on people's HDs.
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post #7 of 18
i would try to Fdisk it with a 3rd party program...I had a 1.6GB Maxtor that I wanted to put Windows on just for playing mp3's on the home stereo...had to use every format program on the ultimate boot CD...it's good now!!!
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post #8 of 18
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Hmm. But whenever I use it, it will freeze my PC, and I heard re-formatting doesn't actually get rid of all you data.
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post #9 of 18
Do you have a big magnet anywhere, like on a kickin big speaker?
That will crapolla the data for sure

BTW, best to keep that dtuff on a USB external HD, gets used less and lasts longer that way Then just burrn it to disk for BU.
    
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Must be some p0rn on there...LOL
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