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#1 Toria123

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

I didn't know where to post this thought here was ok.
I'm seriously thinking about getting a new laptop and if i do my brother is wanting this old desktop which is 6yrs old and basically full of rubbish, so i was wondering if there was any programs to erase all my old rubbish so i can give it to him with just the basics really to start again.
I dont know if you buy it or if its free if anyone can recommend and also one thats quite simple and effective to use.
Thanks.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:53 AM

If you're looking for a secure wipe, download and burn UBCD, which contains a large number of bootable tools -- one being Darik's Boot & Nuke. This will allow you to securely wipe your drive using different methods/passes of your choice.

You will need a Windows install disk to re-install Windows back on the wiped drive so make sure you have that and know your product key before wiping.

Its also a good idea to go ahead and download all the drivers you will need after re-installation to a flash drive.

What is the OS and laptop model?

Edited by kisk, 19 April 2012 - 10:55 AM.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

Thanks so much for the info.
its a desktop windows xp 32 bit and its a Packard Bell

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

You can also use this one: Eraser

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

Thank you :thumbup2:

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:42 AM

You're welcome.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:11 AM

A simple reinstallation of the current OS will do the job. No need to overkill. :)

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:37 AM

it leaves 12 mb space in it

Is it unallocated space at the end of the drive? If so that is left by the system to allow possible future creation of a dynamic disk, and is normal with XP.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:50 AM

A simple reinstallation of the current OS will do the job. No need to overkill. :)

Oh right, really? thanks for the advice.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:36 AM

Since it is a laptop...the suggestion to reinstall the O/S or restore-to-factory-defaults...is probably the best route to take.

If the system has a recovery partition and you delete it...you may be unable to reinstall or restore-to-factory-defaults. Your system documentation at the manufacturer's website...should cover this in more depth than I can (since you haven't indicated specifics for the system.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:18 PM

Ok thank you but its not a laptop, its a desktop. I was saying that I was going to buy a laptop but wanted to wipe my old desktop.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:20 PM

:thumbsup: , thanks :).

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