Personal Info !!

@bunnybon7 (44211)
Holiday, Florida
October 24, 2008 1:19pm CST
im going to sell my older desktop computer. so can anyone tell me exactly what you do to get all your personal info off it? in laymens terms please
5 responses
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
25 Oct 08
I would suggest doing a format. That is the best way to clear all your personal information. © ronaldinu 2008
@bunnybon7 (44211)
• Holiday, Florida
25 Oct 08
so doing that will i have to reinstall windows or anything?
25 Oct 08
Hi bunnybon7, I wouldn't where to start as I have never sold a desk top computer before, but be careful to wipe everything from your computer as the person who buys will have your information in it. Tamara
@bunnybon7 (44211)
• Holiday, Florida
25 Oct 08
yes that was my concern
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I just copied mine onto CDs, or a portable disk drive. Make sure that you have the CDs for the programs you want to reload AND all of the codes you need to register them on that computer. It is not hard if I can do it. Just copy files that YOU created. If you are selling it, restore it afterwards to its original condition.
@bunnybon7 (44211)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Oct 08
guess i got to look for those discs
@goldeneagle (6774)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I would recommend having someone that knows what they are doing reformat your hard drive. This will take all the stuff out of the computer, including your personal info. The person doing the reformat will simply erase the hard drive and re-install Windows. Your computer will be just like it was the day it came from the store...
@bunnybon7 (44211)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Oct 08
yep i did that once years ago with another. but its a long process and like i said not sure i can find the disc.
24 Oct 08
Hi there, I did the same with my old laptop and the best way I found to get rid of everything, and I mean everything, was to completely reboot the whole machine. As in, pop a windows cd in there and completely reinstall windows. Either that or try system restoring the pc to when you first got it, I'm not sure how far back you can go, but I think you can go a pretty long way back. The only other option is to speak to a person in the know, and probably pay for it as well! There are a couple of good computer sites that will be able to fill you in with more ddetail, have you tried googling the topic? Good luck and let us know if you manage it!
@bunnybon7 (44211)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Oct 08
those are all very good ideas. im not sure i still have the disc. i should but have moved so much lately cant find much.