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Removing personal details off PC

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
Im selling a PC so how do i get rid of all personal details etc. I will delete all word documents and stuff but how can i be safe that no one will try and find something with my details on etc
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
reformat using as many passes as possible.Even deleted items can be recovered. then reinstall windows
#2
use something like this to do a secure erase of everything on the drive

http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/
#4
File Shredder download - http://www.computeractive.co.uk/vnunet/downloads/2187229/file-shredder - shreds data using algorithms, so cannot be retrieved unlike when you delete items in the recycle bin
#5
surfer90
File Shredder download - http://www.computeractive.co.uk/vnunet/downloads/2187229/file-shredder - shreds data using algorithms, so cannot be retrieved unlike when you delete items in the recycle bin


I take it you don't actually know what algorithm means?

Yes, if replacing the hard drive and disposing on the old one properly isn't too expensive that's the way to go. If they haven't got the hard drive at all nothing can be recovered from it.

If not then I'd also recommend overwriting the entire hard drive rather than specific files. Computers store data randomly all over the drive so to be sure you've got every bit of personal data then that's the way to go. Of course make sure you've got the windows disk so you can reinstall afterwards.
#6
i dont want to wipe everytinh off it as im selling it again and i dont have windows xp installation disc!
#7
kiwinator
i dont want to wipe everytinh off it as im selling it again and i dont have windows xp installation disc!


if you dont have an xp installation disc and u are getting rid of the hard drive then how do you expect to get your machine working again? are you going to 'ghost' your hard drive and use the image on another hard drive? or are you getting rid of the whole machine?

either way i think that eraser allows you to just delete files that would be unable to be recovered
#8
if you set your computer on fire, no one can get your details...jus sayin
#9
i never said i was going to delete the hard drive!! im just saying that i want to sell my base unit and get rid of all word documents and programs etc
#10
fubarphill
either way i think that eraser allows you to just delete files that would be unable to be recovered


Ah, but what about the files you deleted before you got the eraser program? The data from them is still lurking on the hard drive.

kiwinator
i never said i was going to delete the hard drive!! im just saying that i want to sell my base unit and get rid of all word documents and programs etc


You might be able to find a data erasure program that can write over all the free space on the drive that should help with the problem.

harvie316
if you set your computer on fire, no one can get your details...jus sayin


Actually, I believe the recommended way to get rid of really secure data is to do just that - to melt the hard drive in an incinerator.
banned#11
Just to let you know that no matter what you do to it software wise someone could probably still get whatever they wanted off, probably
#12
EndlessWaves
I take it you don't actually know what algorithm means?


erm, yes i do actually - i'm doing about them in Decision Maths at the moment actually - kruskal's algorithms? prim's algorithm? u want me to keep going?
#13
surfer90
erm, yes i do actually - i'm doing about them in Decision Maths at the moment actually - kruskal's algorithms? prim's algorithm? u want me to keep going?


I'm sorry then. Your post just reminded me of countless marketing statements where they have no idea what they're talking about or quote a technical phrase that sounds quite silly.

'Algorithm' just means a way to do something, all the ways to do something are algorithms. Saying it's secure 'because it uses algorithms' is absurd. An algorithm to get rid of a piece of paper could be 'go outside and pin it up on a wall then come back in'. The paper is no longer in your posession, but it wasn't a terribly secure way of getting rid of it :)

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