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What preperation do I need to do to sell my PC.

I just purchased a replacement for my Dell 4600 P4 2.8 GHz HT. I want to transfer all of my files (primarily Word docs, photos, & Podcasts) from it to my new Compaq Athlon 64. Then I want to wipe it clean, so to speak, so that whoever buys it doesn't find my 2005 tax filing info, etc.

How do I accomplish this? I'm pretty much a PC imbecil. I could swear I saw a "how to" on this very topic here on cnet, but I just spent 10 minutes not finding it. If this has already been addressed, please just point me to it.

Thank you.

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If you have the restore disks

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you can use that to restore the computer back to when it was shipped from the factory. that will wipe the HDD clean and get rid of your personnel data. HOWEVER, someone with the right equipment can still extract info off of a drive that has been formatted and the OS re-installed. there are free utilities that will wipe the drive clean such as killdisk
http://www.download.com/3000-2092-10188745.html
That does a pretty good job. The only sure way to be sure no one will get you private info is to destroy the drive.

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I do have the discs that came with the PC

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I do have the discs that came with the computer. Have any idea on how do I transfer the files?

Is there potential benefit in running multiple utilities to wipe clean?

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Heres the lowdown.

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Google shows many ways to transfer from old PC to new.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=transfer+files+from+old+to+new+computer&spell=1

AS for the Utilities to wipe a HDD, if one is used than the recovery disks will no longer work as they depend on info on the drive for identification as the disks are tied to that drive/Bios.

I was just giving you the worst case scenario for recovering personnel data, the choice of course is up to you but 99.9% of the time a restore with the disk will suffice.

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(NT) (NT) Great, thank you very much. NT.

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Retired, It Depends...

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With most Dell computers, the actual Windows CD is shipped with the computer and the separate program installation CD's as well, in addition to a separate Resource CD which contains various drivers for the machine. In that case, using Killdisk or other driver "erasure" would still allow the factory CD's to reinstall everything. I've done this MANY times on Dell machines.

On other name brands such as HP and Compaq, where the "Recovery CD's" are basically an all-in-on "image" of the operating system, programs, and drivers as they came from the factory, I've had it go both ways..Sometimes after erasing the drive, the disks can be used to reinstall everything as it came from the factory.. The BIOS information will stick even if the drive is wiped and sometimes, the computer can be restored.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thanks Grif

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I build my own so I have not had a lot experiance with Manf. computers, it's good to know it is not a hard fast rule.

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I think I know what "restore" means

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Grif wrote, ''using Killdisk or other driver ''erasure'' would still allow the factory CD's to reinstall everything. I've done this MANY times on Dell machines.''

AFter I've migrated my files & settings, and verified they're good on the new PC, then I address wiping the old drive clean. After using Killdisk or similar, I then ''restore'' the PC using the discs packaged with the purchase. Correct?

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Correct, Does Your Dell Have The Windows XP CD?

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If that's the case, then there should be no problems.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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I have the XP disc... I'll use several programs to erase...

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I do have the actual XP disc & drivers disc that came with the PC.

After reviewing a few articles, I'll use Killdisc and other freeware to erase the disc. It's a multistep process.

Please help me out... I am ready to clean my drive tonite. The computer buyer would like the Dell tomorrow. So, I've got Killdisc & a few others downloaded & on CDs. Is the first step tonite to do a format C:? Then reload XP from disc, then run say Killdisc? Then reload XP then run the other "cleaners?" I plan to to do two passes with each of three programs. I've never done this before. Is it just as simple as I've made it sound... I know this will take hours. Or, are there more steps invovled?

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LowRent, This Should Help...

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This should do it.. Run Killdisk THREE or FOUR times. The more the better. (Each time will take about an hour)..Then reinstall Windows XP by placing the CD in the CD-Rom drive, then restart the computer. Upon restart, you'll receive instructions to partition the hard drive, then format, then install XP..

That should wipe all data sufficiently to sell the computer. There's really no need to do anything more.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thanks again, Retired & Grif, here's another take

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