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Should I wipe hard disk before selling PC?

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#1 MickinPlymouthUK


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

Hi, I'm thinking of selling my spare 4-year-old PC which I never use any more, so for security purposes shall I wipe the hard disk first?
I mean, my name is all over it such as when I log in the message comes up "Welcome Mr. X", and there are also folders titled "Mr. X's Documents" etc.
(The shop put my name in there when I bought it even though I didn't give them permission)
I suppose I could try to search for and delete my name from every nook and cranny, but wouldn't it be easier to just wipe the hard drive? How do I do that?
And what about other security-conscious things like IP address etc, would they hopefully be wiped too?
In a nutshell what I'm asking is if there's a drill we should go through before selling our PC?

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#2 noknojon


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:57 PM

Hi -
Try this post for some udeas http://www.pcworld.com/article/254509/free_tools_to_wipe_your_drives_securely.html
Or just Google "Securely wipe the hard disk" (many listings there)

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