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Reformating or erasing hard drive

by BridgetW / February 4, 2008 8:59 PM PST

I want to donate my old computer (works perfectly fine), but I want ALL of my info off of it. How would I uninstall EVERYTHING? I've heard that even if you delete files they are still there (but hidden). Also, I have the Windows reinstallation disks, so I wanted to start from scratch and donate it with ONLY windows installed. Could I just reinstall Windows and everything would be deleted?

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by Bob__B / February 4, 2008 10:43 PM PST


Run a pass of DBAN.

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When I Donate, IF Nothing Critical Was On The Drive...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 5, 2008 6:46 AM PST

...I follow the steps as Bob B as outlined them..

1. First, I use a disc wiping tool such as Dban or Killdisk to wipe the drive completely per Department of Defense requirements.

2. I reinstall the factory Recovery discs so the new user has something to work with..(I then provide the discs with the donation.)

3. If I don't have the Recovery discs with the computer, I generally wipe the drive, then donate.

Hope this helps.


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