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Old 11-19-16, 09:37 AM
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what and how is the easiest way to wipe out computer before I sell it I have already saved what I want on the computer
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Old 11-19-16, 09:49 AM
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I remove the hard drive and physically destroy it. You can drill holes through it or take it apart and see what's inside.

If you want to sell the computer with the hard drive intact how wiped or secure do you want it? Formatting the drive is easy as is simply erasing things but they can be recovered. There are programs that will erase your data and repeatedly write misc. garbage over it to insure that your data cannot be recovered.
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The Department Of Defense recommends that you wipe the hard drive 7 times not that they are that good with security.
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I think Dane hit the nail on the head - how paranoid are you?
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If you're selling it with an operating system, do a full format during the installation of the OS. After the install, record video (any video, it doesn't matter) until the drive is full. This writes to every sector of the drive. When the drive is full, delete the video file. (Delete, not Recycle.) Deleting the file only flags the drive space as available.
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I always remove and destroy the hard drive. A new drive should be $80-120 (or less) and will be much more reliable than an old drive.

Wiping it is secure and could work too, but is a pain to wipe, re-install the operating system. But it's certainly doable too.

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