Clearing Hard Drive

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Daskill

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I'm about to give my old laptop away to a friend. Now, I've heard horror stories about how people throw away their computers/hard drives and then criminals and other undesirables get hold of them and are able to access all of their personal data. Now, obviously I trust my friend, but what I'm worried about is what will happen AFTER he gets rid of the computer.

How should I go about disposing of all my data on the hard drive before I give the computer away?
 

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If you are really worried keep the drive for a spare if its still good and give him the computer without one.If you have data you want to keep put it on a cd/dvd before you wipe it if thats what you choose because once its gone its gone for good.
 

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Well, here's a topic where I always annoy a lot of folks. The only way to be sure about your data's security is to destroy the drive.

However, if you are confident that your friend is actually going to be using the machine for a while, you might consider running the drive erasers Elvandil suggested. After he's used it a while, it gets increasingly difficult to recover older data. That means that your personal data becomes increasingly secure over time, and even if you are fabulously wealthy, anybody obtaining the laptop from you friend isn't likely to invest the time, effort, and money involved in recovering your personal information without some specific reason to look for it.
 
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