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Zero Out Reset

Happened to browse through palmOne’s Knowledge Library about “Resetting your device“, and just noticed the ‘Zero Out reset’ for Treo 650, Tungsten T5. It has been there for quite sometime, but I just learn it today. Because these two devices use a non-volatile memory, it’s possible that a low level utility can still recover information from the device memory even after a hard reset. So be reminded if one day you’re going to sell off your Treo 650/Tungsten T5 on eBay, a hard reset is not enough to completely erase everything on these devices. (For Tungsten E2: a hard reset produces the same results as a zero out reset - completely rewrites data on internal memory. No need to perform the zero-out reset.)

Same thing applies to the new LifeDrive, there’s “Quick reset and Secure reset“, which explains the difference between 5 mins and 30 mins hard resets. Just imagine one day you’re going to let go the LifeDrive, do a secure erase reset if you are turning the device over to a new owner. As simple as that.

For more information, Brighthand has a very good post on resetting, including something as “Double-Soft reset”, “Extended Hard Reset” which I’ve never heard before.

2 Responses to “Zero Out Reset”

  1. on 12 Aug 2005 at 3:06 am Sonny

    I noticed this is a Wordpress blog. I use wordpress and would like to make it PDA friendly. Any advice about themes to use or other tricks? Also have you worked out a way of posting via your Treo? Do you just post via e-mail or is there a better tool to use?

    Thanks for a great site :)


  2. on 12 Aug 2005 at 10:29 am Livy

    There is a basic theme for wordpress.

    Download here at http://mylivy.net/files/details.php?file=11

    Simple one column layout.

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