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Donating used computer

by cjdavies / January 16, 2010 11:00 PM PST

I have a used computer which I would like to donate but before doing that I want to make certain that all of the data has been deleted from the computer plus it had a virus and that would need to be removed, also. Please let me know how to clean the data and virus from this computer (a Dell).
Thanks for your help!

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We've been here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2010 11:32 PM PST
In reply to: Donating used computer

In this forum this question has been done a few times. The accepted answer is to wipe the drive clean with DBAN and leave it in a non-operating state for the recipient to deal with. Or just keep the hard drive to hammer the platters for disposal.

Any answer to just install the OS leaves bits of data you may not want to get out.

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Having dealt with some donated computers
by Steven Haninger / January 17, 2010 12:58 AM PST
In reply to: Donating used computer

in a grade school environment, I'll go with Bob's #2 recommendation to keep the hard drive...especially if it's also old. Newer ones are inexpensive and the old drive doesn't add appreciably to the tax write off value of the PC.

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