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Hello, I am new to this forum, and I don't know much about computers other than the typical things an everyday computer user would know. So please bear with me. Also, I apologize if this topic is already posted, or I am not in the right section.

I was wondering if there is a way to get EVERYTHING off of my computer. I'm selling it, and I don't want my intstant message conversations, visited websites, credit cards numbers or anything else accessible. I thought about just rebooting it, but I need to know for sure that all of these things will be gone.

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Depending on who you are selling it to, you could consider installing a new hard drive and keeping your existing one, which you could then install as a slave to the one in your new PC

You can use the hard drive manufacturer's drive utility to wipe the drive, 8 hours or so

There isn't a completely guaranteed safe way of wiping a drive which can still be installed on to a PC
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