Question: Hard Drive, Backing up & Security

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tshandy, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. tshandy macrumors newbie

    tshandy

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    I've searched the archives and can't find an answer--this might be the dumbest question ever.

    I replaced the hard drive in 2006 Macbook and before doing so, backed it up.
    I've installed the new drive and everything's fine. I destroyed the old drive because I didn't want people to have access to the usual stuff--cc#s, bank accounts, emails etc. You know, all the stuff that you think you deleted but could be recovered with forensic software.

    Here's my question--when you transfer/back up data onto a brand new drive, does it also deposit old information you thought you deleted? I.e., are there emails I deleted 3 years ago deeply buried in the backup? Could forensic software retrieve "lost" data from a backup?

    Thanks.
     
  2. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

    iphone1105

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    Lets just say someone did find your HD.....why would they go through all the trouble of getting forensic software to recover your feww cc's and other info? Seriously, I wouldnt worry THAT much. Do a couple passes in disc utility you'll be fine...I doubt anyone would find you hd, take it, use software just to take a few sheckles from your bank account....stop watching crime shows....
     
  3. tshandy thread starter macrumors newbie

    tshandy

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    That's not my question ... the old hard drive has been destroyed.

    I just want to know if the backup will deposit EVERYTHING onto my new hard drive.

    The reason I'm asking is that my son is taking this computer on a long trip and if the computer is lost/destroyed/stolen it won't cause either of us to lose any sleep.

    Thanks anyways.
     
  4. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

    iphone1105

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    Oh, I mis-read. If you did a direct clone it should have everything that was on the old HD, I dont see how things that were deleted could show up on the new one.
     
  5. Hmac macrumors 68020

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