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2011-01-30 4-59-49-

Old PC...what to do? I recently upgraded our old desktop. Now I don't know what to do with it! #1) How do I erase all my personal info from it? #2) What do I do with it after I've erased all the info? I'm totally at a loss. Can someone point me in the right direction? mooses gracias :)
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2011-02-01 6-56-10-

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2011-02-02 4-53-14- !!! remove the hard drive or erase all info somehow, I'm not tech-savvy so not sure entirely how. Maybe your ISP tech support for help. Mine was pretty helpful when i had issues. then Freecycle it.
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2011-02-02 11-05-52

There are programs that will do a low-level reformat of the drive. There might even be built into the Windows OS (there is for Mac.) Or you might be able to use the OS disc(s) that came with the computer to reformat the C drive. That would erase the data pretty thoroughly. Then you could donate the PC to a charity, or use FreeGeek or FreeCycle to dispose of it in a Green kinda way.
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    2011-02-02 12-13-39

    You should have a disc that came with your old computer with the operating system on it. If so you can reinstall the operating system and repartition the hard drive. You can email me if you need a play by play of how to do it.
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    2011-02-02 21-47-04

    here's what i do (part 1) to erase your data from you hard drive, you need to do more than just reformat or re-install Windows, that still leaves your personal data accessible to anyone with a little computer knowledge. there are several free hard drive erase utilities that can be downloaded over the internet. some of the popular ones are Secure Erase, Nuke and Boot, and Kill Disk. the first is the best and most secure but not all utilities work for all hard drives so you may have to try different ones. what i do is use this CD of PC utilities that contains several different programs. you can download it online for free and make your own CD from it (i assume you can create CDs on your computer since you just got a new one). here is the link: the tools you need are under Hard Disk Tools and if you scroll down on the page you'll see a section that says Hard Disk Wiping Tools and the ones i listed above are there along with some others. The Secure Erase program is the HDDErase (i don't know why the name is not more intuitive to match the program name). if you don't know how to make a CD, there are some basic instructions and pointers to free programs to help you on the download page. if you can't figure it out or don't know someone who can do it for you, you can purchase a CD from them but i wouldn't spend the money. it's a good thing to learn how to do anyway. or you can just look up those individual programs on the internet and download them onto a bootable usb or floppy and you don't have to make a CD at all. i just like the CD because there are so many helpful utilities all in place.
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    2011-02-03 16-03-17

    here's what i do (part 2) ok, then like others have said, you can use freecycle to give away your computer to someone who may be able to use it or it's parts. and you can also donate your PC if it is not too old. there are several places in the Bay area that accept donations and you can search the internet if you want to find a specific type of organization to donate to (like a women's shelter, ren's program, etc). but i'll just give you link here because this place both accepts donations for usable computers and also does green recycling of old computers: they also have info on there about hard drive erasing. also, all SF Bay area Goodwill stores that accept donations accept computers whether or not they are fit for resale. if a computer is not too old to be sold they take it as a donation and if it is too old or is non-working, they do green recycling.
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    2011-02-03 22-59-22

    TO has lots of good info in here If it were me, I would find a way to re-use it. Make it a media box, a server or something. But hey, I'm a geek. You can also gift it to a friend with who dont need a state of the art machine. If it were me and I were giving it away or recycling it, I would remove and keep the hard drive. I have connected old drives to new machines until I am *sure* I have everything off it I want (transferred to the new machine, easy if you plug it in as a second drive (or use this ***you may need a different adapter depending on your HD type*** ) Once I am *sure* I have everything, take it outside. Don some safety gear, and then smash that bad boy with a sledge hammer several times. There are people with skills to get your data off of reformatted, erased and written over disks. It, to me, is just not worth the risk.
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    2011-02-15 6-30-38-

    You all totally ROCK!!!!!!!!1 Thank you thank you thank you!!! I was having absolutely no idea where to turn! Didn't know how to wipe it clean, and knew I wanted to donate it but wasn't sure where (didn't want to burden someone with a so-so computer, but it looks like they are very welcome to some.) , and specifiy forum, has made my day, once again. Praise be to .
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