Solved Old Dell desktop has private data and I want to dispose of i

February 26, 2013 at 05:14:20
Specs: Windows XP Professional
How can I remove the hard drive from old Dell desktop computer. I cannot start it. There is no mouse or keyboard.

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#1
February 26, 2013 at 06:15:21
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If you're just discarding it, you just open up the case and remove it (specific instructions would require us to know what model of Dell PC it is). If it's newer than 5 years (and still usable), I'd suggest donating it, though, to an individual or charity that could use it. In that case just reformat the drive with the installation disc or a formatting utility:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255867

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
February 26, 2013 at 06:34:17
If you choose to format it and donate it, you can use any mouse and keyboard. Borrow one if you can.

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#3
February 26, 2013 at 20:14:41
If the system is really old, take the drive out and pond the crap out of it with a hammer. That is the most secure way of destroying the data on the drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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