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Cleaning out the harddrive.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by patrol03, Apr 12, 2010.

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  1. patrol03

    patrol03 Thread Starter

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    I am about to pension off my desktop PC after 8 years and donate the equipment to a local charity. I would like to remove all the stored files , internet history,logins passwords and personal information etc before giving it away.Is there a program that I could use to clean out all personal files and stored information.? Hoping someone can assist. Cheers Patrol 03
     
  2. Hughv

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    What OS?
    You could just create a new user account and delete the old ones, along with their files.
    If you're seriously concerned, just format the disk and reinstall the OS.
    If you've been saving national defense secrets, remove the disk and destroy it.
     
  3. Jack Hackett

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    Here's what I'd do (and have done in the past)
    Boot in to Safe Mode, log in using the built in system administrator account, Go to Control Panel / User Accounts, delete the personal user accounts, delete their data/files when given the option during deletion of user account.
    Reboot
    It should now login using the built in System Admin account in Windows normal mode.
    Download and install Eraser in readinesss for use.
    Got to C:\Documents and Settings and delete any left over user account folders {that are sometimes left over}
    Now Right click on your C drive and select Erase Unused Space. Click on 'Options' button and highlight option 4 - Pseudorandom data, click on the EDIT button, change the number of passes to 3. OK
    Ensure all 3 overwrite options are ticked on main window.
    Click OK to begin secure wipe of free disk space

    Once done, shut down, job done [​IMG]
     
  4. patrol03

    patrol03 Thread Starter

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    To Hugh V and Jack Hacket thanks for your replies.I am on vacation at the moment with an Acer notebook and will give begin the clean up next week when back at home. Cheers from downunder. Patrol 03
     
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