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Old 09-20-15, 02:13 PM
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selling laptop..how do I remove my info

I don't have back up disk so I can't format and reload. What is the best thing to to to remove all my stuff?

I'm running windows 10
Old 09-20-15, 02:49 PM
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Re: selling laptop..how do I remove my info

Ho worried about your stuff are you?

Anything with bank account info or SSN ever pass through your machine?

There are a ton of options depending on the level of 'removal' you feel you need.

If you just don't want anyone to see your goat porn, then use windows to remove apps and delete everything, then follow up with something like

http://eraser.heidi.ie/

but, *YOU* knowing where everything is that needs to be deleted first is critical if you don't want to wipe the entire disk.


If you have anything you are **really** worried about on the hard disk, keep it, and buy a drive off ebay to stick inside this one when you see it. (but you need to reload windows, so you are sort of screwed)
Old 09-20-15, 04:18 PM
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Re: selling laptop..how do I remove my info

Windows 10 can reset the computer to just windows 10. It will delete installed programs and files and reinstall Windows. Just search for "Reset PC" from the start menu.

If you want to keep the installed programs create a new admin account, delete the old account and use a program like CCleaner to wipe the free space to DoD standards. You might want to do this even if you choice the reset option. Delete your personal stuff, run a wipe program and reset the PC.
Old 09-23-15, 10:51 AM
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Re: selling laptop..how do I remove my info

As Kdogg mentioned, Windows 10 has this built in.

Here's a guide for using Reset PC in Windows 10. You'll want to use the "Remove files and clean the drive" option to make sure your files are not recoverable.
http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/reset-windows-10-pc

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