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Removing personal data from old laptop

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by vioravis, Feb 8, 2007.

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  1. vioravis

    vioravis Notebook Consultant

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    I am selling my old laptop. I just want to know which directories, folders and programs will have my personal information that need to be deleted. Also, I would like to know whether I need to do anything else before I send my laptop. Thanks.
     
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    I'd use a shreader type program -- and also on top of that reformat.

    of course the safest (yet less money to you) is to remove the HDD.
     
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    Thanks. the Microsoft website is really useful. Does the shredder removes only the files or does it remove all the programs installed?
     
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    Completely clean / wipe your disk with one of those disk utility programs and do a clean installation of Windows. Good for both of you, it will remove all traces of your personal data and it will let the buyer start fresh.
     
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    but remember, generally speaking, even severely deleted HDs can be recovered, to some degree.

    depends on what you had on the HD.

    SSN or bank stuff, id take extra percuation
     
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