Help! Cleaning personal details off PC.

Found 19th Feb 2010
I've sold a PC to someone on here & its being collected tomorrow. I don't have the XP disc so cant reinstall it. Is there another way of clearing all my details off? I've used ccleaner but does that get everything off?

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Banned

you need to clear cookies and passwords in internet explorer

look in my documents and my pictures for anything you put in there, and look carefully in my documents for other folders to do with msn, or live which may contain stuff you transferred over live chat

look in my computer c: for anything of yours that got put there by mistake

if you used msn live or other chat programs, make sure you sign out of them and delete your passwords from them, or uninstall them

Everything will still be recoverable

You really need to format the drive to be safe.

Does the PC have the original XP code on the side of it ? Does the PC have a recovery partition that you could use to restore to factory defaults ?

Banned

oh dear

Hammer and nail is the only proper way.

hdd got damaged in transit (srs)

If and only if the copy of XP is legit and you are selling it with this then you could always recover the XP key from the system registry, format the drive, and send the buyer the legit key code. That way all they would have to do is get hold of a install disk and use the legit key code.

Better to sell it this way if thats what youve agreed, rather than no OS at all ;-)

Banned

just send it and hope for the best

Original Poster

Thanks. I do have the xp licence code on the pc but no disk to install. I'll try the suredelete.
Cheers.

Be careful with suredelete and such. You may find that they only delete the stuff on the hdd that you tell it to. BUT there maybe stuff like old photos/docs etc that you deleted previous that are still on the hdd (but never used them so dont quote me on that). Like i said the only sure way is a deep format and tbh is suitable for most peeps with worries.

PS.. yes in theory chris it is still there for deep data retrieval techniques and specialised hardware... but hes selling his pc to another user not the Russians. But yes i know what your saying ;-)

Do you have the ability to download a retail copy of whatever version of XP it is via torrent then burn it to disc?

the__mayster;7890987

Hammer and nail is the only proper way.



or fire

Squelds;7891160

Be careful with suredelete and such. You may find that they only delete … Be careful with suredelete and such. You may find that they only delete the stuff on the hdd that you tell it to. BUT there maybe stuff like old photos/docs etc that you deleted previous that are still on the hdd (but never used them so dont quote me on that). Like i said the only sure way is a deep format and tbh is suitable for most peeps with worries.PS.. yes in theory chris it is still there for deep data retrieval techniques and specialised hardware... but hes selling his pc to another user not the Russians. But yes i know what your saying ;-)



Actually a format won't do it, your best bet is something that writes over the drive several times. SureDelete will work for files you have on it now, but won't touch files that you've deleted previously that have been overwritten but only once since then.

If you want to sell the hard drive and not just destroy if you should write over the entire drive several times, including the install of Windows. Something like dban.org/ will do it automatically. However, you'd need a fresh install of Windows at the end of it.

tonyg1962;7891452

I use eraser to overwrite deleted files … I use eraser to overwrite deleted files ,http://download.cnet.com/Eraser/3000-2092_4-10231814.html



EndlessWaves;7892191

If you want to sell the hard drive and not just destroy if you should … If you want to sell the hard drive and not just destroy if you should write over the entire drive several times, including the install of Windows. Something like http://www.dban.org/ will do it automatically. However, you'd need a fresh install of Windows at the end of it.



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