Did I securely restore my iPhone before resale?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macaddict23, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. macaddict23 macrumors 6502

    macaddict23

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    #1
    Here's what I did

    1) I made a backup of my iPhone in iTunes
    2) I then hit the Restore button (with my SIM inside).
    3) After a few minutes, iTunes tells me that my phone has been restored to factory seettings. It then asked me to either "Set up as a new iPhone" or "Restore from backup of: . . ." I selected neither, and disconnected my iPhone.

    4) I took out my SIM card

    5) I'm ready to ship out my iPhone

    Did I miss a crucial step?

    (First generation iPhone 8GB)
     
  2. cookiemoose macrumors member

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    #2
    You missed a crucial step to securely remove data, yes.

    There is a reset option under general settings which zeros (blanks) the hard drive, which can take a couple of hours.

    However, it's very unlikely that the receipient will attempt to recover your data as it's not entirely a straightforward process.
     
  3. macaddict23 thread starter macrumors 6502

    macaddict23

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    #3
    Thank cookiemoose! I just spoke to Apple and they told me to do just that!
     

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