Re: Giving computer away
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 19:23:03 -0000
firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Cochran) wrote in
> On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 21:27:16 -0800, "Josh" <email@example.com> wrote:
>>Hello, I am planing on upgrading my winXP computer soon,
>>and I would like to donate it. Is their anything I can
>>do short of a reformat and reinstall to scrub the
>>computer of personal data?
> Reformat and *not* reinstall...?
> Anything less runs the risk of leaving personal data *and* software
> that you can't transfer the license for to the new owner.
Even a "reformat and *not* reinstall" has the potential to leave personal
data that could be discovered. Depending on where the computer is donated,
may not be a significant risk...
The only way to be *completely* certain is to use a "wipe" software to
actually replace the bytes on the disk with useless data.
How secure do you need to be? Only you know for sure...
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