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deleting personal information off laptop

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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
i am thinking of selling my laptop, can anyone please tell me how i can delete all my personal information off of it. Thanks
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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There is software that will wipe the drive securely, depends how important it is. I would reccomend that you do wipe it rather than just try to remove seperate folders or docs.
If you have a service partition on it you could rebuild it to original, that should do it unless you really have sensitive stuff on it.
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[FONT=Verdana]Agree, you need to securely erase the contents of your laptop's hard disk and then restore the operating system (assuming you have the restore CD/DVD) to cover yourself - I'll hunt out a good guide article and post it in for you.

Edit - Here's links to guides and the software mentioned in them, all of which are valid for you to refer to going forward.

WipeDisk Securely and Completely Erases Disks - Downloads - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/394833/wipedisk-securely-and-completely-erases-disks

Darik's Boot and Nuke Securely Wipes Your System in an Emergency - Downloads - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/398756/dariks-boot-and-nuke-securely-wipes-your-system-in-an-emergency

Eraser Portable Securely Wipes Data from Your Thumb Drive - Windows - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/5094903/eraser-portable-securely-wipes-data-from-your-thumb-drive

Deleted but Not Gone - New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/03/technology/circuits/03basics.html?ex=1288674000&en=52520fd64c31403f&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

How to REALLY erase a hard drive | Storage Bits | ZDNet.com
http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=129

Properly Erase Your Physical Media - Hard Drives - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/5153684/properly-erase-your-physical-media

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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#3
to be 100% sure you should do fresh re-install. Even if you delete personal info like docs and pics from the pc and empty the recycle bin, there is software available that can still retrieve that information. Depends how 'desperate' in your staff is the person buying your laptop. :thumbsup:

On some laptops you are also able to do a system restore that should be ok
#4
Bikebarbie
to be 100% sure you should do fresh re-install. Even if you delete personal info like docs and pics from the pc and empty the recycle bin, there is software available that can still retrieve that information. Depends how 'desperate' in your staff is the person buying your laptop. :thumbsup:

On some laptops you are also able to do a system restore that should be ok


There's also software available to recover data left behind after a format, that you can't see in the clean Windows install. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there!!
#5
KrispiiDuck
There's also software available to recover data left behind after a format, that you can't see in the clean Windows install. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there!!


as i said it depends how sensitive your info is.. i work for a large corporate and before it sends the old pc's etc for recycling the hard drives are smashed to pieces....
#6
Change the hard drive and put it in your new one..or a caddy and use it as a secont HDD
#7
KrispiiDuck
There's also software available to recover data left behind after a format, that you can't see in the clean Windows install. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there!!


It may as well be - If is worth it depends on how 'sensitive' and important is the info to the seller and how 'desperate' is the buyer for the same :thumbsup:
#8
Bikebarbie
It may as well be - If is worth it depends on how 'sensitive' and important is the info to the seller and how 'desperate' is the buyer for the same :thumbsup:


Just as I said....:thumbsup:

what bike have you got Barbie?
#9
thanks for your help everyone
#10
mosskeeto
Just as I said....:thumbsup:

what bike have you got Barbie?


are you a rider too?
#11
i was just worried incase my card and bank details could be got off of it.
#12
Which software gets your deleted stuffback on to computer as I rebooted my computer and would live microosoft office back and my movies
#13
[QUOTE=Bikebarbie]are you a rider too?

Yeah 2003 R1 ... the silver and black one MMMmmmm Just the best looking bike ever....:thumbsup:
#14
atigona
Which software gets your deleted stuffback on to computer as I rebooted my computer and would live microosoft office back and my movies


Have a look at something like this maybe?
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

There are others - google is your friend!
#15
atigona;6528424
Which software gets your deleted stuffback on to computer as I rebooted my computer and would live microosoft office back and my movies


[FONT=Verdana]Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Edit - If it's the installation files only your looking for then you will be covered using this (dependent upon how good the restore is & also how much data you've written to disk since the rebuild of your computer) but if you attempt to restore the actual installed files then you will encounter issues, as you would need registry setting as well which you won't get back.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#16
Any waY I can download this on my iPod and get it on
my computer
#17
atigona;6529681
Any waY I can download this on my iPod and get it on
my computer


[FONT=Verdana]There's a portable version you can download from Recuva's website - the link is listed below but I would recommend running it from a USB stick instead.

Recuva - Builds - Portable
http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/portable

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#18
Scotty Boy
[FONT=Verdana]There's a portable version you can download from Recuva's website - the link is listed below but I would recommend running it from a USB stick instead.

Recuva - Builds - Portable
http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/portable

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]


Thanks again only problem can't get it on USB as computer has no network drivers could do it on ps3 but don't know
#19
atigona;6530508
Thanks again only problem can't get it on USB as computer has no network drivers could do it on ps3 but don't know


[FONT=Verdana]Any chance you can grab a shot of a mate's computer? Once you finished downloading it, extract the files so you can run it straight away without any problems.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#20
Thanks again mate will do that tomorrow
banned#21
atigona;6530708
Thanks again mate will do that tomorrow

if you uninstalled office, then recovering the install folder wont help you at all. You need the install disk.

just download one. ;-)

EDIT: I see Scotty already pointed this out

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