Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


307 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 4


Topic # 195215 10-Apr-2016 23:37
Send private message

After 4 great years my Acer Iconia A501 has finally decided it has had enough.

 

The poor Android is lying down with the red triangle, and I can't boot into recovery mode or boot it from sd card using an update.zip. So, it's time for us to part ways, BUT. I am pretty sure that I unless it's a hardware fault, it can be resurrected.

 

So how do I ensure that if someone manages to resurrect this tablet, they can't access the information stored on it?




Hello, Ground!

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
'That VDSL Cat'
8673 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1877

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  Reply # 1529736 10-Apr-2016 23:44
Send private message

If the data is really that important, take to it with some sort of tool to destroy the device. paying special attention to the flash memory chips..

 

 

 

Im sure your toolbox is likely filled with all sorts of torture devices for the poor little acer to spend its last few days with.





#include <std_disclaimer>

 

Any comments made are personal opinion and do not reflect directly on the position my current or past employers may have.




307 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 1529743 11-Apr-2016 00:00
Send private message

hio77:

If the data is really that important, take to it with some sort of tool to destroy the device. paying special attention to the flash memory chips..

 

 

 

Im sure your toolbox is likely filled with all sorts of torture devices for the poor little acer to spend its last few days with.

 

 

That's a good idea, although taking the drill to it would be a bloody shame - it's a beautiful device.

 

I'd have thought there would a more elegant solution. :(




Hello, Ground!

184 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 63


  Reply # 1529744 11-Apr-2016 00:31
One person supports this post
Send private message

Since it's 'bricked' - use a brick.


617 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 82

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1529775 11-Apr-2016 06:33
Send private message

Can your device boot into fastboot mode? Power it up with the Vol-Up and Power buttons press down, and if you see a menu, select fastboot. If that's working, then install the Android SDK on your computer (or just adb with fastboot), open a command prompt and type "fastboot erase userdata".

Btw, if you can get to the fastboot screen, then there's a chance you could recover the tablet itself (eg: by flashing the stock firmware).

2454 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1203

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1529844 11-Apr-2016 09:09
One person supports this post
Send private message

Kookoo: That's a good idea, although taking the drill to it would be a bloody shame - it's a beautiful device. :(

 

It *was* a beautiful device. Now it's a beautiful brick.

 

How much are you going to sell it for anyway? What's the value of privacy of the data? Do the math.

 

 

 

 


130 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 59


  Reply # 1529857 11-Apr-2016 09:19
2 people support this post
Send private message

I think that Tech Assassin has an elegant way to wipe those flash memory chips.

 

https://youtu.be/4L3sOweGk30

 

I can verify that this works very well for securely erasing hard drives too.




307 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 1529868 11-Apr-2016 09:37
Send private message

frankv:

 

Kookoo: That's a good idea, although taking the drill to it would be a bloody shame - it's a beautiful device. :(

 

It *was* a beautiful device. Now it's a beautiful brick.

 

How much are you going to sell it for anyway? What's the value of privacy of the data? Do the math.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that much is true. I guess my preference has always been not to physically destroy an old device, especially if I think it can be of use to someone. So far I've only taken the drill to failed old harddrives that I couldn't wipe.

 

So I'd rather take the tablet to an e-waste collection day - if I can somehow wipe it first, of course.





Hello, Ground!

1360 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 345


  Reply # 1529885 11-Apr-2016 09:39
Send private message

spearsniper:

 

I think that Tech Assassin has an elegant way to wipe those flash memory chips.

 

https://youtu.be/4L3sOweGk30

 

I can verify that this works very well for securely erasing hard drives too.

 

 

 

 

Remember most people here are in New Zealand, so the best they have is probably one of these....


184 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Subscriber

Reply # 1529894 11-Apr-2016 09:52
Send private message

The GCSB NZ Information Security Manual (see http://www.gcsb.govt.nz/publications/the-nz-information-security-manual/) says at paragraph 13.4.6 (page 1, page 276) "Hybrid hard drives, solid state drives and flash memory devices are difficult or impossible to sanitise effectively. In most cases safe disposal will require destruction".

 

So, the Government says you can't reliably wipe the memory of your tablet.

 

Just saying

 

 


130 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 59


  Reply # 1529898 11-Apr-2016 09:57
One person supports this post
Send private message

Mark:

 

spearsniper:

 

I think that Tech Assassin has an elegant way to wipe those flash memory chips.

 

https://youtu.be/4L3sOweGk30

 

I can verify that this works very well for securely erasing hard drives too.

 

 

 

 

Remember most people here are in New Zealand, so the best they have is probably one of these....

 

 

 

 

Thems need to be big fast potato's to destroy a tablet.
I guess a sledge hammer would also work, but would not be as satisfying.


617 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 82

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1530213 11-Apr-2016 20:30
Send private message

Kookoo:

 

frankv:

 

Kookoo: That's a good idea, although taking the drill to it would be a bloody shame - it's a beautiful device. :(

 

It *was* a beautiful device. Now it's a beautiful brick.

 

How much are you going to sell it for anyway? What's the value of privacy of the data? Do the math.

 

 

[..]if I can somehow wipe it first, of course.

 

 

Have you read my earlier post? I posted a legit solution on how you could wipe the data. Disappointed that you accepted the sarcastic "use a brick" suggestion as the answer to your post. :/


2716 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 358

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1530221 11-Apr-2016 20:47
Send private message

d3Xt3r:

 

Kookoo:

 

frankv:

 

Kookoo: That's a good idea, although taking the drill to it would be a bloody shame - it's a beautiful device. :(

 

It *was* a beautiful device. Now it's a beautiful brick.

 

How much are you going to sell it for anyway? What's the value of privacy of the data? Do the math.

 

 

[..]if I can somehow wipe it first, of course.

 

 

Have you read my earlier post? I posted a legit solution on how you could wipe the data. Disappointed that you accepted the sarcastic "use a brick" suggestion as the answer to your post. :/

 

 

The OP is not the only one who could have set that as the answer....





My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.

617 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 82

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1530234 11-Apr-2016 21:02
Send private message

hairy1:

 

The OP is not the only one who could have set that as the answer....

 

 

Damn. Been here for years and I never knew that anyone could set any comment as an answer. That's pretty weird. Apologies, OP.


2716 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 358

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1530235 11-Apr-2016 21:06
Send private message

 I am not quite sure who can set answers and who can't... Is it trusted users @freitasm? I can set answers and am a trusted member....





My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.



307 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 1530279 11-Apr-2016 21:44
Send private message

d3Xt3r:

 

Have you read my earlier post? I posted a legit solution on how you could wipe the data. Disappointed that you accepted the sarcastic "use a brick" suggestion as the answer to your post. :/

 

 

Yes I have read it. No, I can't get to fastboot menu. If I could I would be asking for help with recovery, not with wiping data. :)

 

Not sure who marked the post as an answer - it sure wasn't me.

 





Hello, Ground!

 1 | 2
Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.