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100% user´s data stored in the PC HDD or also in other chips

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williamsonn
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100% user´s data stored in the PC HDD or also in other chips

Post Posted: Feb 09, 13 03:24

When you want to delete all personal information stored in a computer: All personal information of the user is stored totally in the HDD, or any part of it is stored in any chip?  
 
  

ForensicRanger
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Re: 100% user´s data stored in the PC HDD or also in other

Post Posted: Feb 09, 13 06:27

User data is stored on hdd - no user data is stored elsewhere on the system (unless you count RAM on a live system), so, in essence, if there is no hdd, there is no identifying information stored on the system.

The write cache on a hdd is there for performance and is volatile, so once power is off, the data is in the cache is gone... so nothing left on the chip.
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llista
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Re: 100% user´s data stored in the PC HDD or also in other

Post Posted: Feb 10, 13 13:26

Some high end routers have an internal flash memory where ISP settings can be stored (Wifi username, password and filtering rules if any), but I don't think that counts as a PC "chip".  
 

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