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Is it safe to sell your old laptop?

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March 18, 2011 1:45:10 AM

Hi guys, I'm thinking about selling my old laptop on ebay. I saw couple laptops with the same model are going for almost $200. I just got unemployed, I could use that money right now. I'm concern about all the informations in my laptop's hard drive. After I formatted the hard drive, will other people able to retrieve the my personal informations? I also have a question regarding to the Windows license. My laptop did not come with Windows 7, and I obtained my copy of Windows 7 from MSDNAA. Is it legal to sell my laptop with Windows 7?

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March 19, 2011 4:54:21 PM

Yes, other people can retrieve your personal information. You need to use a secure erase program like this
Secure Erase
It's probably not legal to sell your Windows 7 and definitely not legal for buyer to use it. You don't have original laptop OS?
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March 20, 2011 11:30:21 PM

Thank you so much for your respond. Does Secure Erase work on SSD too? And I no longer have the original laptop OS. =(
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March 21, 2011 2:39:27 AM

blazed1k said:
Thank you so much for your respond. Does Secure Erase work on SSD too? And I no longer have the original laptop OS. =(


Yes, it works on SSD hard drivers.
If you want to put your old laptop for sale on ebay, you do not allowed to sale the Win7 OS if the one you own is a copy. You can just try as long as your item will not be removed by ebay.

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March 21, 2011 2:45:04 AM

Yes, Secure Erase is an ATA command that affects the entire drive and should be supported by all modern(2001) ATA drives. Secure deletion of selected files is a totally different story.
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April 29, 2011 7:28:14 PM

blazed1k said:
Hi guys, I'm thinking about selling my old laptop on ebay. I saw couple laptops with the same model are going for almost $200. I just got unemployed, I could use that money right now. I'm concern about all the informations in my laptop's hard drive. After I formatted the hard drive, will other people able to retrieve the my personal informations? I also have a question regarding to the Windows license. My laptop did not come with Windows 7, and I obtained my copy of Windows 7 from MSDNAA. Is it legal to sell my laptop with Windows 7?


Have at home old cell phone you don’t use anymore?
Have at home old cell phone you don’t use anymore? You think it’s useless and worthless thing that no one will need it anymore? If you’ve answered to these questions “Yes”, you’re one of millions cell phone users who face the dilemma: “What should I do with such a cell phone?
Your old cell phone which takes place in the drawer waits for a second chance. Probably you’ve noticed that as longer cell phone is not in use, the harder is to make it work. The older a cell phone is, the harder is to find suitable battery for it or the battery will cost more that the device itself is worth.
The value of a cell phone becomes lower every day and you shouldn’t be surprised, if the value of the device, bought for reasonable price in the past, one day will become almost worthless. For example, if your cell phone drops USD 5.00 of its value per month, the total national loss is about USD 720 billion per year. You should understand that the losses are great just because people are not willing to re-sell their old devices. Finally, the old cell phones goes to trash bins, what means you’re not only loosing the money, but even polluting the Nature with electronic trash, what harms entire planet Earth.
You have three choices:
First:
After a purchasing a new cell phone, the old is put to drawer with dust and you’re telling yourself: “one day it will be needed”. Now think honestly, how many times the old mobile phone, which economical value drops every day, was used since it reached the drawer? Finally, you’ll still throw it away.
It’s not a best option, because the batteries and the cell phones itself consists harmful to environment toxic materials. The cell phones, fallowing the electronics and electric devices waste lows, cannot be simply thrown away to trash bins at most countries in the world.
Second:
The old cell phones can be sold through posters on newspapers or on eBay or equal systems. At first it looks like a good option, but in that way the phones sold are usually in working perfect condition, with all the accessories included. For such a device you’ll get more money, but also will lose more: the insertation fees on eBay/newspaper, transportation, calls to potential buyers, finally – time you spent for selling the cell phone – everything has its own cost. Besides, you’re not sure that the cell phone will be sold at all.
Third
The third option is created by the electronics buying company named RecycleYourDevice – the solution that will help you and the Nature.
Fill in the online form and send us your old cell phone you don’t need any more. We’ll make sure that the device will be used once again. Why is this option better? Because we will pay you. It is double as good – you will get the money that the cell phone is worth by its residual value, you’ll not have any expenses by sending it to us, besides, you will help to protect the Nature from pollution.
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April 29, 2011 7:33:48 PM

Electronics waste
We become so addicted to electronic devices that we cannot imagine our lives without computers, mobile phones, CD-players and other electronic devices. We are so reliant on these items that they are nearly rule our lives. They are very beneficial and make our live so much easier but sooner or later they break.

Brand new device
We are so attached to our electronic items that they become our best friends. We sorrow and can’t believe when we lose our “best friend” but few days later our old “friend” is being replaced by a brand new device.

Broken electronic device
Usually people behave hastily and hide their broken electric device somewhere in the darkest corner or throw it away somewhere in the nature where they think it will not bother anyone and won’t do any damage. But it’s not that simple and we must be aware of some things.

Electronic device has electromagnetic fields
Every electric device has its electromagnetic fields which are very harmful to people and their health. These devices are composed of some very pollutant materials: heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, chrome) and halogenated materials ( chlorfluormethane (CFC), polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), polyvinylchloride (PVC) and bromints, fire retardant materials. Most of them are toxic and, once released into the environment, may harm human health. For instance, lead can infringe the nerve system, heart, vessels, and kidneys. Cadmium infringes brains. Furthermore, various magnets in electric devices radiate rays which are harmful, so when we store an unnecessary device which doesn’t even work in our home we put ourselves and our family at risk.

Electronic waste in the nature
Leaving the waste in the nature is also not the solution. It is probably even worse, because by doing so we are not considering the impact on wildlife that we cause. Harmful substances, when applied to the soil, pollute the ground water, plants and intoxicate animals. Probably each and every one of us appreciates relaxing and forgetting about all the worries on a Sunday afternoon somewhere outdoors but imagine a world where such places don’t exist. Probably life would not be very pleasant.

Beautiful nature
We must say STOP to inappropriate electronic waste management because if we want to have beautiful nature and stay healthy we must not be insensitive and we must sort our waste. By doing so we hand the things that we don’t need to the hands of specialists. Then various wires, catalysts and other electric equipment are recycled and returns to the industry appropriate for new device manufacturing.
Electronic waste recycling
Electronic Waste recycling preserves nature and our health. We must understand that the things we purchase today tomorrow will become waste. And it is our responsibility to take care of our surroundings, not anyone else’s.
www.recycleyourdevice.com
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