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Windows 7: Wipe all personal information

07 Jan 2010   #1
stecally

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Wipe all personal information

Im selling my Windows 7 laptop and before I do so want to make sure that everything is completely cleared. Can anyone advise me on some steps I can take to ensure this?

Thanks,

Steve


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07 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

http://www.microsoft.com/business/sm...harddrive.mspx

This may help

I think Number 3 is the best solution.
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07 Jan 2010   #3
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do a clean install, ensuring there are no issues with anything. Number 3 seems a bit extreme for the average user.
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07 Jan 2010   #4
brady

 

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing gov compliant financial industry compliant
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07 Jan 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
http://www.microsoft.com/business/sm...harddrive.mspx

This may help

I think Number 3 is the best solution.
Alway Number 3.
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07 Jan 2010   #6
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Alway Number 3.
Quote:
3. Buy Software and Overwrite the Disk, Again and Again and Again

If you don't know much about computers, this might be easier than Step 2
Each to their own I guess.
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07 Jan 2010   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FZ21Z View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Alway Number 3.
Quote:
3. Buy Software and Overwrite the Disk, Again and Again and Again

If you don't know much about computers, this might be easier than Step 2
Each to their own I guess.
I think that this post demonstrates one of the major benefits of this forum over, even, paid computer service. Many issues have various solutions. If a problem developes and the individual comes to this forum, he or she can chose the solution that is best, for them. Traditional computer, paid, service, gives no choice, you pay, and the one solution of forced upon you.
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07 Jan 2010   #8
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

http://www.killdisk.com/

There are 2 versions, Free (restricted) and Professional.

http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
Order Active@ KillDisk PRO.
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07 Jan 2010   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can download the hard disk utilities for whatever brand hard disk you have from the manufacturer's website.

These utilities are free and typically include an application that can write zeros to every sector of the hard drive. It might take several hours to complete.
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07 Jan 2010   #10
stecally

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for your help everyone. Its much appreciated...
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