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How to erase all of the information in my computer


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tennistm

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I bought a new computer and want to give my old computer to my daughter. Before I give her the computer, I would like to permanently erase all files, folders, etc.
However, I want the computer system (XP Home) left intact, along with the internet browser and Email.
How is the best way to do this...is there a free download that allows me to pick what items to erase permanently and not damage the operating system???

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Tim
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Doby

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Hi Tim,

There is no real good/easy way of doing that, manually deleting personnel data is one way but time consuming and you could mis something.

Personally I would write zero's to the drive using the manufactures utility's or a protuct called "dban" then reinstall the operating system. This is all so time consuming but at least every thing is off the drive and you got a clean install
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I too would do a clean install. :)
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Howdy:

Actually, if you want to ensure a clean system, put in a new harddrive and re-install Windows.

Even after an fdisk and format there are programs out there that can recover files.

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Yes Murray has given the ultimite protection and heck hardrives are cheap now adays,assuming this is a new drive to do a clean install you put in your windows cd or restore cd and follow the instructions after witch you may have to run a drive cd if the computer came with one. You also have to get a virus scan installed and run MS update. Plus reload all your software
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I suggest taking the old hard drive to some one who has a cutting torch and blowing holes in the old drive.
(No one will get any data off of it then.)
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I suggest taking the old hard drive to some one who has a cutting torch and blowing holes in the old drive.
(No one will get any data off of it then.)


Actually I disagree... if you just "blow holes " in it, it would still be possible with extreme means.... The only way to permanently destroy the data would be to incinerate the whole drive.... or at least all the platters....
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