Do they clear the hard drive before putting it in another computer? The power strip and the fan were going out on it.
Nope, it will have been dissassembled and your information is on the hard drive.
Unless the hard drive had failed the data survives. If the computer was working it will have been shipped to the third world as a working machine with licences intact.
The RAM only holds boot up info not personal – all the important stiff is on the hard drive, passwords, pin's. accounts ….
Depends, to whom did you sell it? Could they pop out the hard drive and put it into another computer?
Why would they erase the data? Was there anything useful?
Next time, remove the memory and hard drive…especially if selling for scrap. Or, did you just sell the motherboard?
OMG! It'll still be there, if the hard drive was in one piece….or in recoverable position (if it was broken)……so if I were you, firstly I would not have sold without erasing. Secondly, even if I would have, I would've surely tracked it down and retrieved my hard disk at least.
why did you not take the hard drive out or delite it an who knows you maby in for a surprise if you know what I mean
Yes no and yes. Even if hard drive is broken.
maybe – maybe not