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Clearing out private data/security


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Angry Julian

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I've a computer running Windows XP which has died. Power supply is kaput plus possibly other problems. I'm going to give it to someone geekier than myself to repair :D I've got a hard disk enclosure so I've been able to take off my photos/accounts/letters. The computer I'm using to do this is Windows 7 Home Premium.

If it's possible, I'd like to clear out some private data.

1. Once I go near the Documents and Settings folder at all, I'm running into trouble with permissions. I would like to delete my internet browsing history if it is possible but the security won't let me. I can assume control of the folder but the contents are still locked out to the other computer.

2. I'd like to clear out my saved passwords. Where are these stored?

3. I use Chrome, IE8 on occasions and Firefox. I'm not sure when I cleared out the history for those.
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If you've backed everything up, surely you can just format it? Give it a fresh start once it's repaired.

Or make a Linux boot disc such as Ubuntu, it will give you access without permission errors.

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If you giving the computer away then that person would need to put a OS on it.
You can format it after you have everything (as Troy) mentioned, or go 1 step further and use a program called DBAN.
It will security wipe the entire drive.

Just be careful that if you format or use DBAN that you do not get the wrong drive.
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I'm hoping that a replacement of a part will get my PC back working. That's why I don't want to reinstall/format Windows. I reinstalled it about a month ago.

Ubuntu worked a treat. Thank you.
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