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Originally Posted by andrews2547 View Post

And it's the same with PS3.

Yep, can't tell you how many PS3's I've repaired and resold, only to turn them on and find a bevy of personal information on them.
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post #12 of 39
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It's not Microsoft's job to hold your hand & babysit you when it comes to your own information. Your information is stored on your harddrive which you sold to someone else.
Ashley Podhradsky from Drexel University in Philadelphia is quoted as saying:
Which is FALSE. Ashley comes across as the typical anti-Microsoft hater. So much mis-information. At no point in time in history has format said it erases data.

Actually, it IS possible to recover information from an already formatted (nuked) HDD with forensic tools. It is complicated, but still possible.
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post #13 of 39
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Actually, it IS possible to recover information from an already formatted (nuked) HDD with forensic tools. It is complicated, but still possible.

The term "nuked" is usually used when they mean "zeroing" a drive. A formatted drive and a zeroed drive are totally different ball-parks.
And, unless you're a very well funded government agency, I can safely say, there is no way data is coming off a zeroed drive. And even then, if you did a few passes, I'd say they wouldn't get to it either.
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There's still a chance of recovering the data using highly advanced forensic tools.
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post #15 of 39
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There's still a chance of recovering the data using highly advanced forensic tools.

Good luck if you were to use a linux command like this

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/hda
 
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At no point in time in history has format said it erases data.
rolleyes.gif You sure about that?
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There's still a chance of recovering the data using highly advanced forensic tools.

Yeah but the average Joe (and probably just about everyone on OCN) doesn't have access to those tools.
    
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Yeah but the average Joe (and probably just about everyone on OCN) doesn't have access to those tools.

But we're not the ones trying to do this so it doesn't matter tongue.gif
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Even if you never entered your info on the xbox? I paid everything on my computer, and then just logged in on my xbox. Oh well, I'm pretty sure I only paid with xbox live cards I bought from the store and not a credit card, and I doubt the person I sold it to would try to recover my info anyways.
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Even if you never entered your info on the xbox? I paid everything on my computer, and then just logged in on my xbox. Oh well, I'm pretty sure I only paid with xbox live cards I bought from the store and not a credit card, and I doubt the person I sold it to would try to recover my info anyways.

Try buying something from the marketplace. When it asks you to confirm, it'll probably have "Card Ending [xxxx]" where [xxxx] is the end of your card number. If so, your details are pulled in from your live account. I don't recall ever entering my card details on the xbox, but I know mine does have my details stored on it.
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