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I want to donate my old computer. How do I really delete and erase files from the hard drive so it can be stol

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Reinstall the operating system. Most honest companies such as Computers for the Classroom will always reformat it again to be safe.

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  • 1 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.

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    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.

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  • 1 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.

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    1 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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  • 1 decade ago

    Format your hard drive.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can find a lot of diskdeleter softwares..... You can try this http://www.bluestsoft.com/

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  • 1 decade ago

    Reformatt it

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