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how easy is it to recover files from a ssd

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Hi peoples,

I just sold my laptop online and posted it to the buyer. Now im worried that the hard drive could contain personal info. I just assumed that ssd are wiped fully clean when you choose format. Also I installed window 7 over the top again for the new buyer. Obviously the average person can recover hdds but can it be done. I hate the idea of identity theft etc.

Thanks
Edited by hatlesschimp - 7/25/13 at 12:31am
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Format does nothing to erase data. The data is still there just moved around, as long as nothing over writes that data it can be recovered. Parted Magic secure erase would be the the easiest way to securely erase an SSD. As for HDD I like to do several 0 writes to them to make sure they can't be recovered. That being said I would go and change the passwords for sensitive and personal log ins just to be on the safe side.
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The passwords will be ok its just that I had all my work files on it that could be precious to someone in else. But I did delete them and put a heap of movies on that maxed the ssd to near full so you say once they have been written on thats ok. Damn I liked my passwords.
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Hi peoples,

I just sold my samsung laptop online and posted it to the buyer. Now im worried that the hard drive could contain personal info. I just assumed that ssd are wiped fully clean when you choose format. Also I installed window 7 over the top again for the new buyer. Obviously the average person can recover hdds but can it be done. I hate the idea of identity theft etc.

Thanks

there are two formats, regular and fast, a fast format does not delete your data but, marks it for new data writes. i'm not sure what a slow format evolves but, i'm pretty sure it doesn't write all zeros to the drive, which is what secure data erasers DO do, often refereed to as Dban (D-ban).
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Well what happend was I took all the stuff I wanted off and then coniued to use it for 2 weeks. I filled the ssd with tons of movies as I was transferring from one external hdd at a time. I then done format within manufacturers boot system and fully wiped every partian and then had to take it to the manufacturer to get fixed. When I picked it up they had put a new ssd in. I didnt think much of it but now it hit me about personal data. To be honest I think the hdd replacement was the tech pulling a sneaky saying he replaced the hdd and never did and pocketed the new ssd. I have a mate that does stuff like this all the time.hmm
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