How to make Bootcamp data unaccessible?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by peterpan123, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. peterpan123 macrumors 6502

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    I have been using Windows via bootcamp. As I am returning my rMBP to the company, I don't want them to have access to the files in my Windows partition. What is the best way to do it? Is deleting the bootcamp windows partition good enough? I guess they might have some way to recover the deleted partition.
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Use the Boot Camp Assistant from OS X to remove the BC partition. Once that is completed, the partition is not recoverable using normal recovery procedures. But before you do that and from within Windows you might want to remove any files and/or data that you don't want them to have access to. There are Windows programs that will overwrite free space and deleted files making them unrecoverable.
     
  3. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    If you're really paranoid, you can enable Bitlocker on your Windows partition

    Let it fully encrypt that OS

    Then delete all partitions and clean install OSX over everything
     
  4. majorrabbid macrumors newbie

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    You can secure erase the boot camp partition in Mac OS X before proceeding to delete all together which will cause your OS X partition to take up that space.
     
  5. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

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    Easier way would be to erase/format the Windows partition(s) using Disk Utility's 'erase free space' feature to zero-out the deleted data (making it completely unrecoverable). Then delete the partition after that's done.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201949
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Just erase it, I doubt anyone in the company will go to the trouble of trying to recover previously deleted data on your MBP.
     

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