I want to donate my old computer. How do I really delete and erase files from the hard drive so it can be stol
- Barkley HoundLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Reinstall the operating system. Most honest companies such as Computers for the Classroom will always reformat it again to be safe.
- interludeLv 41 decade ago
formatting leaves your files for hackers to retrieve.
diskdelete is in the right direction. you want to use a software that will write 0's and 1's in random order all over your disk to completely get rid of all information.
there are many file shredding softwares out there. here's one that i found.
here's another software that i've actually used. works great. you'll need a floppy drive and a blank floppy disk, though, but you can reuse this program to wipe the drive clean.
- Steve BLv 51 decade ago
The best way is to reformat the hard drive at least three times, and then reinstall Windows. Everything will be overwritten in this way.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
you can put your windows install cd in the drive, then reinstall windows and set partition to full
it will delete your entire hard drive and install windows again
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- Litl n8Lv 41 decade ago
Format your hard drive.
- boscowoodLv 41 decade ago