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SOS how to delete all on computer except operating system

by njhealth / July 10, 2009 11:12 AM PDT

I am giving away some computers and need to delete all my information and files on the computer. How do I delete "everything" except the operating system and anything needed to run that operating system.

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You can't
by Jimmy Greystone / July 10, 2009 11:23 AM PDT

You can't. What I would suggest doing, is getting a program like DBAN and run a pretty aggressive disk wipe routine on it. Then either donate the computer with the restore media, or sans hard drive. If you're feeling generous you can reinstall Windows onto the drive after the secure wipe, but there is always a small chance data could be retrieved even then. It may be a very small chance, bordering on impossible, but a chance none the less. So you need to decide if that is an acceptable risk to you.

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I suggest...
by Willy / July 10, 2009 12:01 PM PDT

That can't be done properly and takes way too much time and even then isn't secure. Google for these HD cleaners, DBAN or KILLDISK pgms. that totally wipe out the HD. You can then reload the OS, or not, but provide the OS disks for the new user or provide none but best if OEM type like Dell, Compaq brand give them away with the system. -OR- remove the HD entirely for you own use or destroy.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Not a feature of Windows.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2009 12:02 PM PDT

This is why you see people wipe the drive and give it away blank. In fact why bother with installing Windows at all?

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