I'm posting because I have very little experience in forensic recovery but at an event over the weekend I overheard someone tell a casual computer user that if they were going to sell their computer on eBay all they had to do was a "low level format" of the drive to destroy all their data. The explanation was that if the user formatted the drive from the BIOS menu that the computer would overwrite all the sectors on the hard drive and that only people who could spend hundreds of dollars would be able to recover any data. The computer in question was an old Windows XP machine with no special security software. I'm wondering how effective such a formatting is, how easy it would be to recover data off a drive formatted in this way, and basically if this advice holds any water at all? I'm inclined to think that if you aren't doing a DoD spec wipe you're asking for trouble, and my suggestion was to simply TrueCrypt the drive so data recovery would be impossible. Does anyone have any thoughts/insights/suggestions about a situation like this? Thanks in advance.