I have recently purchased a laptop to replace my 7 year old Tiny desk top, but before disposing of the old machine I wish to remove all personal information e.g. bank details etc. - I believe running the Restore Pack will not do this. My local computer shop says they will remove all for about £20 but, without wishing to sound paranoid, I would prefer to do it myself (possibly cheaper, but I accept that even £20 is a small price to pay for peace of mind!) Any suggestions? Also, do you know of any organisation/charity who would be interested in the PC (when cleared), plus a printer and scanner?
to remove absolutely all traces of previous use form the drive is to format it.
This will remove everything, including the operating system and all installed software, although a computer forensic expert would probably still be able to recover some data.
For all practical purposes you'll be OK if you simply go through the drive deleting all traces of data files. Delete the Internet Explorer history, clear the cookie folder, and empty the Windows Temp folder. Don't forget to clear your email and contact lists/address books too.
Post back if you need more detailed help - I'm about to leave my office for a meeting, but someone else will step into the breach, I'm sure.
sorry to say FE but you`ll find if you format a drive the data can be recovered all a fomat does is chop of part of the data,you can format say a camera card but with the correct software you can get back all your pictures i know i`ve done it.
If a criminal is prepared to spend enough time and money attempting to recover your details. He surely will succeed. I am told that the only absolutely certain way is to dissemble the drive and break the platens.
However, there are very few individuals, who have sufficient valuable information to make this worthwhile.
A full format will do the trick. Equally a Return to factory condition should be as good.
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