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« on: September 06, 2007, 09:15:41 PM »

Im looking to sell my computer to a guy I work with. Is it possible to basically erase everything I have done with the computer? Im not very tech savvy so I dont know what kind of info you would need to help me. I just don't want coworkers to have access to everything that has happened to me in the last two years.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007, 11:43:54 AM »

Well, the best thing to do is to remove the hard drive and sell it to him like that, without a hard drive, without OS etc.

That way he can install things on his own and configure it to suit his own needs.

Otherwise you'll have to use a program like Directory Snoop and earmark the things you want erased completely and then let the program go on an overwriting frenzy. You can run this program up to 25 times in it's trial mode, so you should have no trouble erasing anything you want removed. Just remember to uninstall it before handing the computer over.

Note that it will take a long time to erase the data if you want it done properly, but that's something you'll have to do if you're really conscious about hiding your tracks.

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