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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale? 113

Posted by timothy
from the link-free-cloth-and-a-.45 dept.
UrsaMajor987 (3604759) writes I have a Asus Transformer tablet that I dropped on the floor. There is no obvious sign of damage but It will no longer boot. Good excuse to get a newer model. I intend to sell it for parts (it comes with an undamaged keyboard) or maybe just toss it. I want to remove all my personal data. I removed the flash memory card but what about the other storage? I know how to wipe a hard drive, but how do you wipe a tablet? If you were feeling especially paranoid, but wanted to keep the hardware intact for the next user, what would you do?
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

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  • 5 options (Score:3, Funny)

    by Andrew Lindh (137790) on Monday July 28, 2014 @02:20PM (#47552237)

    If it won't boot and you can't erase the on-board flash then try:
      1) Sell it for parts and hope someone does not fix it and access your data (use a sticky note to kindly ask them to erase it for you)
      2) Dump it at your local E-waste center and hope some does not pick it up out of the pile (and see #1)
      3) Microwave it to fry the chips and hope you don't burn down your house (please upload the video)
      4) Use it for target practice (9mm or larger please, full auto would be best) and then crush it with a steam roller (once again, please upload the video)
      5) To meet your non-destruct goal, if you have skills: unsolder the flash chips, erase them in a programmer, reinstall the blank chips.

    Or as pointed out from before (but it's too late), encrypt your data from the start and reset the keys.

  • by jtara (133429) on Monday July 28, 2014 @02:42PM (#47552441)

    Sometimes you can get the NSA to help you with this...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 28, 2014 @05:01PM (#47553431)

    Nah. Nuke it from orbit; it's the only way to be sure.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.