laptop, this is a different thread now that I have got my files off a faulty laptop thanks to Fruitbat and Lotvic, now I want to delete all the history on the faulty laptop so that no passwords or anything can be traced back if I sell it on ebay, what should I do to make it foolproof that none of the passwords or details are left on the HD? should I use CCleaner to wipe the HD at the highest settings? thanks Laptopdunce
I mean I want to delete everything on a wwindows 8.1 laptop with a view to selling it on, so need to make sure everything is fully deleted, I did one before and "formatted the drive" but the buyer said they found some of my passwords on it still, so I need to make sure I wipe the HD totally before i list it
reboot pc to factory settings with the pc's recovery software , it is the only way to guarantee sensitive items are gone for good
I don't believe that's true MJS WARLORD as a determined person will find a lot of information still on on it. By the time Ccleaner has fully wiped a 1TB drive seven times I would have bought a cheapo new drive and installed the OS and sold the laptop....
Replace the hard drive and take a hammer to the old one! In fact if the laptop is faulty as you say, usb not working, then selling it for "Spares or repair" without a hard drive will probably raise as much on eBay as if you bother to replace the hard drive and reinstall the OS. If there is a W8 licence sticker on the laptop then I would bid for it when you list it.
idont believe setting to factory restore is 100% safe either, Idontknow how to removethe HD and thereisnt an actual windows sticker on this one but its an acer E5-511-PODM and system shows it as running 8.1 windows, Iam still using it on the ethernet cable and only tuch pad and keyboard as no seperate keyboardmuse will connect and I still have issues with connecting an old windows 7 laptop to myrouter!!! its a mess, but thank God fruitebat and lotvic diercted meto get the files off this one!! I am often away so may not list this one till net mnonth, I thought of startingit at £40 it was nearly £500 new in 2013 laptopdunce