I am giving my computer away and I want to make sure that none of my personal data is available. Anything that is available is retrievable. Is this something a lay person can do, or do I need to take it to the shop?

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  • Amber S

    April 18, 2016

    put the windows disc in and go to boot menu, boot to cd wait for setup to load, reinstall windows, depending on which windows it is you may have to hit a format option

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  • Chiq and Unique

    April 18, 2016

    Deleting and recreating the old disk partition before reinstalling Windows by using the System Recovery CD or original Windows CD will format the drive, making any of your previously saved personal data effectively gone to the typical computer user. But file recovery software might still be able to retrieve some of what previously existed on your drive prior to re-installing, if someone was determined.To eliminate the possibility of recovery, use DBAN. It overwrites your hard disk several times using the same algorithms utilized by the Department of Defense, when scrubbing their disk drives.http://www.dban.org/After using DBAN, reinstall Windows using your CDs. If your computer didn’t come with recovery CDs but instead has the recovery program stored on your hard drive, you wouldn’t want DBAN to erase the recovery partition. The recovery partition doesn’t contain any of your personal data, just the manufacturer’s copy of Windows, and you wouldn’t be able to reinstall if you wiped that.

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