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chaz k
04-06-10, 09:02 PM
I know this is going to sound silly to you guys but...i will be the first to admit i am far from tech savy. I usually keep my computers until they are on there last legs and then just get rid of them. I now have a 2 year old laptop that i can get about $300 on ebay for it..I guess my question is what are the things i should get rid of before i sell it? I know the "basics"...clear out pictures, web history,cookies...what else should i be concerned about?

marka351
04-06-10, 09:27 PM
If you still have the recovery discs that came with your laptop I would suggest formatting the hard drive and reinstalling the OS.

Chrisedge
04-06-10, 09:51 PM
^^ This, unless you don't mind a stranger knowing everything about you :)

Jay G.
04-07-10, 03:14 PM
If you still have the recovery discs that came with your laptop I would suggest formatting the hard drive and reinstalling the OS.
If the computer didn't come with discs (or you lost them), it's possible the PC has the recovery software on a hidden partition on the harddrive. Look up how to access that (usually by pressing a button like F12 during boot).

Even after formatting, it's possible someone might be able to recover files, if so inclined. I'd recommend wiping the empty space on the drive after the re-install. Heidi's Eraser will do this, as will the most recent version of CCleaner:
http://www.ccleaner.com/features

Jack Straw
04-11-10, 02:09 PM
Yeah, I have a compaq presario desktop PC that was replaced 1-2 years ago, and I've wanted to get rid of it (donate to charity) without tossing it in the garbage. I still have personal files, music, porn (.jpg, .wmv) of course. I'd like to be able to scour and remove all files on the the hard-drive so as to put it back to factory defaults. Any help on how someone who is pretty clueless about this stuff can do so? I don't have any recovery discs. Also, I probably won't be able to get it connected to the internet to d/l software.

chino77
04-15-10, 02:41 AM
Yeah, I have a compaq presario desktop PC that was replaced 1-2 years ago, and I've wanted to get rid of it (donate to charity) without tossing it in the garbage. I still have personal files, music, porn (.jpg, .wmv) of course. I'd like to be able to scour and remove all files on the the hard-drive so as to put it back to factory defaults. Any help on how someone who is pretty clueless about this stuff can do so? I don't have any recovery discs. Also, I probably won't be able to get it connected to the internet to d/l software.

you will need to get some kind of software on it. burn a cd or something. anyways i guess you could delete everything, clean all history and crap with ccleaner then get eraser and erase all the unused hd space. use the 35pass gutman option. you might need to do more but thats a start since you dont have the recovery disc.

al_bundy
04-15-10, 06:15 AM
Yeah, I have a compaq presario desktop PC that was replaced 1-2 years ago, and I've wanted to get rid of it (donate to charity) without tossing it in the garbage. I still have personal files, music, porn (.jpg, .wmv) of course. I'd like to be able to scour and remove all files on the the hard-drive so as to put it back to factory defaults. Any help on how someone who is pretty clueless about this stuff can do so? I don't have any recovery discs. Also, I probably won't be able to get it connected to the internet to d/l software.



Ask your IT people for a disc. The key should work

Jay G.
04-15-10, 08:42 AM
you will need to get some kind of software on it. burn a cd or something. anyways i guess you could delete everything, clean all history and crap with ccleaner then get eraser and erase all the unused hd space.
If trying to "clean up" a Windows computer for sale/disposal, the best method is probably to create a whole new user (with admin rights), then log into it and from there, delete the old user completely, including all files. Then wipe the unused HD space. Note that the more recent versions of CCleaner include a feature to wipe unused space, so you don't need the separate Eraser program from Heidi.

use the 35pass gutman option.
Note that anything more than one pass of random data isn't really necessary. Even Gutmann himself thinks the 35-pass method is overkill.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gutmann_method#Criticism

thats a start since you dont have the recovery disc.
Again, if the computer didn't come with discs (or they're lost), it's possible the PC has the recovery software on a hidden partition on the harddrive. Look up how to access that (usually by pressing a button like F12 during boot).