Originally Posted by hurricanegame73
include restore discs with there laptops. I have a mx6025 and i want to restore the hard drive image back to when it was bought, the reason why is because i have classified info i neeed PERMANENTLY ERASED and i also just want to delete everything else too. So can some one help me and tell me my options so i can restore my CPU, also will restoring permanently erase all the data so it can never be recovered?
First, Gateway does ship restore disks with some of their laptops, particularly ones ordered from the business and education sections. I ordered an S-7125C and it does come with a CD of its factory-installed OS. It may be an extra option for the home/consumer machines, though. Gateway should send you a disk if you ask them to as most OEMs will do that if you have a restore-partition-only machine and toast the HDD. Secondly, I doubt you'd have actual classified data on your computer or else your IT professional or officer would require that you turn in the notebook's HDD to them for a secure erasure, usually also followed by a baking in an oven or destructive destroying (they blow them up.) You may very well have sensitive data on your HDD, and a simple reformat and reimage will NOT prevent somebody skilled from reading that information. You MUST completely overwrite the hard drive at least twice to ensure that all data is destroyed.
A program like Darik's Boot And Nuke (DBAN) will do just that, and it uses the same core tools- GNU shred- that the DoD uses to securely erase HDDs. You can also download and burn a Linux live CD, boot from that, open up a terminal, and run shred manually. I'll give you a hand with that if you want- that's what I use. After the tool runs, the HDD will be completely erased and has nothing that is recoverable on it. Then you'll need to install the OS from your restore disk.