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How do I wipe everything on a computer?

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Indith Sun 09-Aug-09 19:18:36

It doesn't have any discs at all, I want to wipe all info but keep the operating system if that is possible. It runs XP. I want to stick it on freecycle tonight!

Indith Sun 09-Aug-09 20:26:25

meh, looks like the dratted thing has given up the ghost anyway! <changes freecycle listing to spare parts>

MyNameisJane Sun 09-Aug-09 20:29:49

You can get a disc to run which wipes off all info.

If I was trying to be funny, I'd suggest a damp cloth. wink

poopscoop Sun 09-Aug-09 20:37:37

be careful as the hard drive does still store info which can be used by experienced people to hack into any bank accounts etc that you may have used.

The only way that we have ensured the protection of our data is to take a hammer to the hard drive!

Have a google about and read what has happened to all these folk who have had their old computers shipped off to nigeria.

CruelAndUnusualParenting Mon 10-Aug-09 10:44:10

After you've done a proper secure wipe with a reputable product like DBAN then you need a CIA lab to get any useful data from it. The boys from Lagos won't bother. They will just move on to one that hasn't been properly wiped.

zebramama Mon 10-Aug-09 11:36:41

For "Spare Parts" I would remove the hard disk and let them have everything else.
Then go down your local dump and throw the hard disk into the compactor yourself!

zebramama Mon 10-Aug-09 11:40:27

Oh and in answer to your original question, it is really really time consuming to uninstall everything except Windows and even then you need to clear out the registry... Better to let them worry about it not having an Operating System on it and use the tools above to clear it down completely.

Indith Mon 10-Aug-09 13:25:40

Thanks folks. Have someone wanting it all for the parts so I'll work out which bit is the hard drive and take it out before they collect grin

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