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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale? 113

Posted by timothy
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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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  • by jeffmeden (135043) on Monday July 28, 2014 @02:19PM (#47552217) Homepage Journal

    Do you get the ADB device to register if you plug it in to a PC via USB and turn it on? That would be your only hope to wiping it assuming the screen is damaged but the SoC/flash still works to some extent. Also, have you tried opening it up? A similar thing happened to my Nexus device, and after popping the back cover off it turns out that the drop caused the battery to slide to one side, and come unplugged. Relocating the battery, adding a little more double sided tape, and snapping it all back together had it good as new in under 5 minutes.

  • by EmagGeek (574360) <gterichNO@SPAMaol.com> on Monday July 28, 2014 @02:27PM (#47552309) Journal

    "If you were feeling especially paranoid, but wanted to keep the hardware intact for the next user, what would you do?"

    To me these are mutually exclusive. If I was feeling especially paranoid, I would probably hurl the thing into a cauldron of molten lava, because, you know, the definition of being especially paranoid is an intense fear of others invading our privacy or being out to get you.

    Disposing of my tablet by giving it to another person is wholly incompatible with your premise of me feeling especially paranoid.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 28, 2014 @02:27PM (#47552313)

    Try signing into https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager. If the only thing wrong is the screen you might be able to erase your data.

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