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Cleaning info off hard drive

by carol914 / March 11, 2007 3:23 PM PDT

We have a computer we want to give to a non-profit we support,but we want to remove any private files and info from it. PC based computer with XP . Appreciate your ideas.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 11, 2007 4:38 PM PDT
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Thats quite drastic
by mark04276 / March 11, 2007 10:00 PM PDT

If you have a restore disk that came with your computer, I would use that to restore the computer back to the state you recieved it in. There will probally be an option to delete all information first, I would.

If you dont have a restore disk, you will have to manually go through and delete personal folders and files. You can go into control panel and under User Accounts you can add a new name such as New User and make that with administative rights, then delete all other accounts, you will still have to manually remove other personal folders and files. You cn also go through Add/Remove Programs and remove programs there.

Giving a non-profit a computer that cant even boot up, may be useless to them, if they dont have computer knowledge.

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Giving a machine that boots is a clue to thieves.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 11, 2007 10:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Thats quite drastic

Don't count on restore CDs to clean the hard disk.

Don't take the chance, DBAN the drive, if you feel you must reinstall the OS then do so.


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Cleaning info from hard drive that is to be donated to non p
by carol914 / March 12, 2007 9:44 AM PDT

So what is DBAN? is that a program that cleans the hard drive?

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DBAN is a free utility (click here to download) that overwrites all data on your hard drive with random 1s and 0s a set number of times, ensuring your files cannot be retrieved. It'll take a good hour or more to complete, but it is quite thorough and the only way to go if you are concerned about personal information being handed over to others.


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Reloading programs
by carol914 / March 14, 2007 2:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes...

After I use DBAN, Can I then reload XP and then other programs I use?
Is it that easy?

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As long as you have them on CD...
by John.Wilkinson / March 14, 2007 3:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Reloading programs

It's that easy provided you still have the CDs containing Windows XP and any programs you want to reinstall. It's a little time consuming to reinstall everything, but it's doable in an afternoon. Just make sure that you backup any files on the computer that you wish to keep...DBAN will permanently erase them all.


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by carol914 / March 14, 2007 3:28 AM PDT

your info has been very helpful.. Now on to the time commitment.

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Opening DBAN
by donq / June 30, 2007 9:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Just picked up on this information as I am planning to pass on an old pc to charity. As advised I downloaded DBAN to my Desktop (it wouldn't download to a CD). However when I attempt to open the file I am faced with the message "Does not have a programme associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel". I cannot get any further and would appreciate any advice.

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Is that the dban-1.0.7_i386.exe file?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 30, 2007 9:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Opening DBAN
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by donq / July 1, 2007 1:58 AM PDT

Thanks for your help Mark. I will give this a try!

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