I want all my personal info gone from laptop

October 24, 2010 at 22:46:51
Specs: Windows Vista
I sold my laptop and want to make sure all my personal information is off.

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#1
October 25, 2010 at 00:38:55
Reinstall it from scratch, either using the disk that may have been supplied with it or that you have the option to create or boot from the recovery partition - really depends on what brand of laptop as to how they handle system recovery, but that's what you want to look for in the documentation.

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#2
October 25, 2010 at 05:51:36
The only sure way is to nuke the HD with a product like Dban
http://www.dban.org/
Just reformatting a drive does not remove your personal information.
You'll have to use an install disc after it is nuked.

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#3
October 25, 2010 at 07:46:04
I sold my laptop ...

If it is already sold why ask us now?

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#4
October 25, 2010 at 07:53:48
Hey xpuser...read that really slowly...that is pretty funny LOL
"I sold my laptop and want to make sure all my personal information is off."

I really don't see where the laptop has already left the posters hands yet ;-)

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