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I did a factory reset on my old iPad 2 today having booted up my iPad Air 2 christmas gift to myself a little early. I was intending to pass it on to a friend who hasn't graduated from a desktop yet. With a factory reset supposedly deleting all personal information, family photos, frequented sites and saved passwords, is all that data really wiped out? Could a savy teen recover all our personal stuff, if there is any risk I won't offer it.
 

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If you are giving it to a friend who hasn't graduated from a desktop yet, I suspect they aren't all that savy. Sure, someone could possibly recover data because a factory reset will only wipe out information on where stuff it, the stuff is still there, just the pointers to that stuff isn't. Over time, those sectors will be overwritten with new data and your old data won't be recoverable.

I personally wouldn't be all that worried about it. It would take someone a lot of effort, possibly money and time to get that data. Is there really sensitive stuff on there? Perhaps some stuff you don't want to get out if you ever run for Parliament?
 
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ipad doesnt have a disk / sectors its nvram chips. factory reset wipes it, its safe to sell it this way, I've sold several back this way to gazelle.com, just make sure you chose erase all content and settings.


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ipad doesnt have a disk / sectors its nvram chips. factory reset wipes it, its safe to sell it this way, I've sold several back this way to gazelle.com, just make sure you chose erase all content and settings.


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Isn't it much like a memory card in a camera? Sure it isn't a hard drive, but if you accidentally "delete all" or format a camera chip, that data is still recoverable. You can't access that data through the iPad, but if someone were to remove the chip, could they not potentially run a scan on that chip to find that wiped data?
 

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ipad doesnt have a disk / sectors its nvram chips. factory reset wipes it, its safe to sell it this way, I've sold several back this way to gazelle.com, just make sure you chose erase all content and settings.


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Yes, thanks. I did erase all content and settings... what I believed to be a full factory reset, so I think I'm safe.
 

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Isn't it much like a memory card in a camera? Sure it isn't a hard drive, but if you accidentally "delete all" or format a camera chip, that data is still recoverable. You can't access that data through the iPad, but if someone were to remove the chip, could they not potentially run a scan on that chip to find that wiped data?


it may be remotely possible but these are chips mounted inside an ios device, not something easily removed and mounted on a windows os to use an unformat program.


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