how to clean laptop

  sormula 09:35 14 Nov 2008


I am recycling my laptop to my friend's daughter but need to empty my personal staff out of hard drive to be safe.
Can somebody tell me how to go about it?

  johndrew 10:17 14 Nov 2008

You have two options:

1. Completely overwrite your HDD with a utility such as click here

2. Use a file shredder such as AnalogX click here

There are other free items that will do both jobs, it is a matter of your choice as to which you trust.

  FreeCell 20:28 14 Nov 2008

Some tips
click here

Depends on how much trust you have in the recipient of the laptop and your technical skill to reformat the hard drive and re-install the operating system (O/S). Overwriting the whole hard drive would not leave the laptop in a usable state until O/S was reinstalled.

Clearing your "My Documents" folders is obvious but there may also be other folders containing emails, address books, etc. Also clear any temporary files, cookies, passwords etc.

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