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Would switching my SSD and HDDS with brand new ones completely dispose of any files that could be traced back?

by /u/Notchsmith · 1 votes · 1 week ago

So back when I was new I made a couple of mistakes, such as logging into a market on Windows (in Tor) before discovering about Dread. I also saved some market account information on a text file. I know that you can wipe your drives so files can't be recovered, but instead I was thinking about a little upgrading. Planning on buying new, better drives.

I will wipe my old ones, and then I could either sell them second hand or just dispose of them or destroy them.

Once I set them up and buy new Windows 10 probably, I won't do anything deep web related on them, now that I have more experience. I'm also wondering if I should make new Google and YouTube accounts and never log into my old ones again, since I did search one time how to set up Tails and I clicked on a YouTube video, like an idiot.

And lastly, what would be the ideal program for wiping my old sdd and hdd. I've heard about Bleachbit. Anything else, perhaps better that you could recommend me?

(Probably a dumb question but using the same motherboard, cpu and gpu, wouldn't affect me in any way, right?)

Comments (4)
/u/glownigger123 · 1 votes · 1 week ago · Link

Wiping your SSD in a way so as to prevent data recovery is not very easy, because modern SSDs employ wear leveling. This means that the actual capacity is higher than usable and writes are distributed across the extra space to reduce the rate of the SSDs degradation, leaving old data behind even if you think you are overwriting the same data multiple times. The only safe way to dispose of the data on that SSD is to destroy it.

Even on HDDs, a simple wipe will not suffice. You have to overwrite the data on the HDD multiple times to prevent forensic analysis from being effective. I believe this is what Bleachbit does, yes. It will not be effective on SSDs.

In the future, use full disk encryption. This will prevent anyone from recovering any data on your storage devices unless they know a key, most commonly a passphrase. Manjaro Linux provides a very simple option for this in its installer but I don't know about Windows.

Ideally you should take good care of your security in general. Don't use Windows or Google services at all - switch to Linux full time and make some basic adjustments like disabling bash command history.

/u/N0TPETYA · 1 votes · 1 week ago · Link

Darik's style boot 'n' nuke my friend. Wipe that shit good and toss it.

/u/akkarin · 1 votes · 6 days ago · Link

using the same motherborad and cpu and ethernet port will leave the same MAC address. you may want to consider a burner computer , or mac-spoofing software.

also wipe, burn then destroy. I personally prefer and back end of an axe or log splitter. makes lots of pretty little pieces.

/u/pacmarket · 1 votes · 4 days ago · Link

I seen something about hardware malware existing. Only way to find it is with the manufacturer PCB board design. Unless you El Chappo I would not worry about your problem.