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System Restore Hello, I recently sold a Compaq PC - which had Windows XP - and before I did so, I restarted the computer and did a full system restore (which took hours). This function restored the computer back to its original purchase condition (i.e., it restored everything back to its "stock" condition where it was manufactured). I was wondering if this was enough to erase the hard drive and everything else on the CPU. It certainly erased all of the music/files/videos I had, but was wondering if it went further than that.

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  • bbc123 Jun 12, 2008

    Sorry, this process is a full SYSTEM RECOVERY, not SYSTEM RESTORE.


    That is what I meant. 


    Thanks.

  • bbc123 Jun 16, 2008

    Thank you for the reply.


    Do you know more about how information gets overwritten? For example:


    If I had a hard drive with 50 gigs of free space (i.e., 50 gigs of "undeleted" information), would all of this "undeleted" information be overwritten if I were to store another 50 gigs of information (files, movies, music, etc) on my computer? Is the undeleted information completely overwritten once new information is added/downloaded/stored to the hard drive over time?


    Just trying to get a grasp of hard drives and how they operate. Thanks again for your reply.

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All your files are now marked as not in use. What this means is they could be "undeleted" if some went about doing so. Over time they will get overwritten has the pc is used more and more. If you are worried about someone recovering your data then you need to do a wipe of your hard drive using a program like DBAN. Then you'd need a recovery cd handy to restore the pc, since after doing the wipe the hard drive will be completely erased... Hope that helps.

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    Neil Haddad Jun 17, 2008

    The space that gets taken up first will be the empty space on the drive. Then once all the empty space is taken up, it will move back to the beginning of the hard drive and write over the spaces marked as deleted. Once that info is over written it is very hard to recover. You can think of it like a cassette tape when you record over stuff. Sometimes you can hear the previous recording...

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