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Okay, so i have a new laptop. And i wanna give my old laptop to my mom. But i want all my files and stuff off it. Kind of like a reformat. How would i go about that? Even if i use the return to factory settings option.. i heard some files and settings might be recoverable...

I heard i should use DBAN (dariks boot and nuke) program... 

 

BTW... im running windows 7


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Hi winxp :)

It's possible for some files to be recovered using data recovery software, yes. However, I don't see why it would bother you since you'll be giving that laptop to your mom, and I guess she doesn't know about it, nor how to go about it. And more importantly, why would she do that?
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Theres just personal files on my machine. Like passwords and documents... that are for my eyes only.. (no porn)......... 


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Well, it's possible to use DBAN on the drive and wipe it 3 times for secure deletion, but like I said, why would your mom do that? And does she even knows how to proceed? It's your call. I can assist you in using DBAN and/or reinstalling Windows 7 to do a clean reinstallation. Your call :)
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Well, it's possible to use DBAN on the drive and wipe it 3 times for secure deletion, but like I said, why would your mom do that? And does she even knows how to proceed? It's your call. I can assist you in using DBAN and/or reinstalling Windows 7 to do a clean reinstallation. Your call :)

Yeah i will go with a clean reinstall of win 7


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Here, simply follow this tutorial. It's well explained, in-depth and cover pretty much everything you need to know for a clean reinstallation of Windows 7.

http://www.sevenforu...indows-7-a.html

If you need help during the process, let me know. Also if you're missing drivers after the installation, let me know as well and I can help you get them if needed.
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