can private data be "un-erased" after factory reset?

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  1. cookieJones

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    Hi. I'm completely new to ipad, and clueless.

    Yesterday my mother got the new one (=ipad 3?) with ver 5.1.
    It is Wifi only, but Best Buy says she can trade it in (+ more $) for a 4G version.

    Big concern is her credit card info and passwords which presumably are stored on the HD.
    BestBuy says before re-selling it they do a full factory reset, which will erase everything.
    My fear is that with the right tools and skill, "erased" data can still be recovered.

    Any opinions on this?
     
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    My recommendation would be for your mom to do a "restore" on the iPad herself, before she turns it in to Best Buy. A restore puts on a brand new iOS and the iPad will be as if it cam straight out of the box. So, all personal info will definitely be gone. There's nothing left...

    I say do it herself because, although I am sure Best Buy has a good employee, I would be nervous if I handed over my iPad, with its personal data, without taking steps myself to make sure the data is gone. Of course, and as always, YMMV.

    Marilyn
     
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    Skull One iPad Junkie

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    Mickey330 types much wisdom....

    *that just struck me as funny if you take into account the avatar picture*
     
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    Hey! That's my pontificating pose!

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    Marilyn
     
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    Thank you very much Marilyn, i will defnitely do the reset first.
     
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    Yes, do it yourself. Safer and easy enough to do.
     

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