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Windows 7: Selling my computer, erase data, How to

05 Jul 2011   #11
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Delete your documents and use a program that will write zeros over your free space


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05 Jul 2011   #12
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Scattered throughout and especially in the registry is information that one does not want to leave on a computer and registry cleaners will not get the job done. Even Revo Uninstaller Pro does not remove all.

The only reliable approach is using clean all to clean the hard disk and then doing a fresh install or return to factory state.
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05 Jul 2011   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

download and run dban to securely erase everything on your drive.
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05 Jul 2011   #14
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Just create a new account for the new owner (even call it Owner, that's what I do). Log in as Owner, and delete your account. Simple as that.
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05 Jul 2011   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

After adding the new account, THEN use CCleaner to wipe free space. That'll get it squeeky clean.
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05 Jul 2011   #16
CookieMonsta

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Just create a new account for the new owner (even call it Owner, that's what I do). Log in as Owner, and delete your account. Simple as that.
Does this will remove the data in the machine ? or something else has to be done previous
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06 Jul 2011   #17
PompeyFC

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am sure the industry/US/UK defence standard or advice is that if you really want to delete everything with asbsolute certaincy you have to re-format or sanitise the disk at least 7 times, else the markers it leaves can still be used to recall 'deleted' data
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06 Jul 2011   #18
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CookieMonsta View Post
Acer Aspire M1201-E1620B Desktop
For the Acer, look for the program, Acer Empowering Technology > Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How can I restore my computer with the backup discs I created?

Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:
ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/note...%20English.pdf

Have you tried pressing <Alt+F10> at boot up, to goto the Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support: Frequently Asked Questions list for How to use Acer eRecovery

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
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06 Jul 2011   #19
kentucky777

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

just buy external/portable hdd if you want to backup your files there's 500GB available or flash USB drive there is 18GB,32GB,and 64GB available
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06 Jul 2011   #20
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It has been shown that formatting leaves data which is fairly easily recovered. Deleting one accout will leave data too. The one sure way to erase data is the application of a 16lb sledge hammer multiple times.
Using CCleaner to wipe FREE SPACE after deleting an account will work, use the the NSA 7 passes minimum, or (paranoid mode) Guttman 35 passes.
In practice one overwrite will wipe data to the point that only a very expensive program or electron micrscope can recover anything of value.
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