Cleaning a Laptop using XP - Help

Arfer Mo

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I have two laptops both on XP that I'm getting rid of. I've tried googling how to clean them, when I tried the method below the piece in red wasn't shown. I've also found another where it say go to settings, I can't find settings.

The steps are:
  1. Start the computer.
  2. Press and hold the F8 key.
  3. At Advanced Boot Options, choose Repair Your Computer.
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Select a keyboard language and click Next.
  6. If prompted, login with an administrative account.
  7. At the System Recovery Options, choose System Restore or Startup Repair (if this is available)
Some help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Dave

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Manually delete any personal folders on the laptops
Empty the Recycle bin

Then, go to 'My Computer'

Find C Drive
Right-click it
Select 'Format
Uncheck 'Quick Format'
Select 'Start'

Formatting a disk does not erase the data on the disk, only the address tables. It makes it much more difficult to recover the files. However a computer specialist would be able to recover most or all the data that was on the disk before the reformat.
 

Arfer Mo

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Thanks Dave, I'll try that. I've been deleting personal stuff and running the computer through Ccleaner with an complex over write of 7 but I can up that to 35.
 

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I've just got rid of an old desktop,as I wasn't selling it or passing it on to someone else I took the case off,stripped the workings and binned them seperately,I read once that old computors could end up in Asia where clever people could get info from them however well you deleted it.
 

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Joking apart, if you are not going to sell them or give them away to be re-used, breaking them up and destroying the hard-drive is the best way to ensure whatever was on it will never see the light of day again.
 

Arfer Mo

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They have a warehouse we take stuff to including a lot of scrap things including old clothing which they sell as scrap.
 

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Fresh install and then wipe free space with Ccleaner.
 

Arfer Mo

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That means they could still get into the wrong hands Arfer.
I suppose it does but I've deleted everything I consider important or personal and run Ccleaner several times during this. Both laptops have not been used since 2011.
 

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There's a few bits of software that will do the job, try Wipedrive for starters, that will get rid permanent, and it's very safe.
 

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9 year old laptop hammer through the hard drive then bin it.
 

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I tend to use the CIPHER command from the Command Interface to overwrite unallocated space.

Open a CMD window and type CIPHER /w:C:\ and wait while it does its thing. (It does take a good while)

- If you have files on other drives than C:\ just repeat the above for the other drives.
 

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There's a few bits of software that will do the job, try Wipedrive for starters, that will get rid permanent, and it's very safe.
Thanks I've tried that and everything appears to have gone. I'll dot he other one the same.
 
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