Deleting all files from computer

kdubs215's picture

What can i do to get rid of everything for good ???? I wanna give my old computer away but i wanna make sure there is nothing on it

Ftown66's picture

If you have a floppy or

If you have a floppy or don't you can download a program called boot and nuke. You have to put it on a floppy or burn the image to a cd using nero or another burning program. You can use a free program called imgburn if you don't have a burning program. This will wipe your drive clean. Both are safe and virus free.
Boot and nuke below
http://www.dban.org/download

Imgburn below
http://download.imgburn.com/SetupImgBurn_2.4.2.0.exe

kdubs215's picture

Thanks Ftown ........ Now if

Thanks Ftown ........ Now if dell can delivery my laptop i can get that done ...

neilpuck's picture

I would recommend removing

I would recommend removing the hard drive before giving it away and taking it to an asset disposal service. They will shred the hard drive. The only guaranteed way to protect the data.

kdubs215's picture

Thanks Neilpuck !

Thanks Neilpuck !

jmminarik's picture

neilpuck wrote:I would

neilpuck wrote:

I would recommend removing the hard drive before giving it away and taking it to an asset disposal service. They will shred the hard drive. The only guaranteed way to protect the data.

But then it would be kinda like giving away a car without a transmission.

Magus667's picture

remove the hard drive before

remove the hard drive before giving away the computer.

they don't cost much to replace, and that should be more than worth your piece of mind...

neilpuck's picture

Not really, a new

Not really, a new transmission is generally the same cost as the entire car would be when you gave it away. You can get an enormous hard drive for next to nothing nowadays.

jmminarik's picture

neilpuck wrote:Not really, a

neilpuck wrote:

Not really, a new transmission is generally the same cost as the entire car would be when you gave it away. You can get an enormous hard drive for next to nothing nowadays.

I guess we'll have to disagree on this then. I can't give someone something that requires them to spend money. That's not a gift.