What to do when giving away an old computer

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Say you have an old computer that you wish to get rid of: give away, donate to charity, let a friend enjoy it for a few more months before it dies, maybe even sell it. Whatever you decide, you might be faced with a big question. What kind of steps do you need to take to make sure that your data is not going to be used by the new owners? This article will teach you about different methods designed to ensure your private data will not fall into wrong hands when you dispose of the hardware that previously stored it.

    http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-do-when-giving-away-old-computer.htm


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    Mrk
     
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    Thanks for the informative artical Mrkvonic, the artical advises precautions with solutions for the most popular
    operating systems when turning over ownership of an computer.

    Thoroughly cleaning the inside and outside of the computer would give indication to the new owner that the computer
    was well taken care of and simply not being dumped.


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  3. SirDrexl

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    Under "computer with a previous operating system," I think he should have suggested wiping the drive, then reinstalling Windows (or Linux) from scratch if at all possible.
     
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