Clean out Old Computer

Dear Computer Lady,

I have been a fan of yours for a while. I hope your pup is doing better.

My question is I recently bought a new laptop (my 50th birthday present to myself). I used Detto to copy files from my old computer to my new one.

I have a friend who wants my old computer. Before I give it to them, I want to permanently get rid of info on my hard drive. Like passwords etc.

What’s the best way to do this? Again, thank you for a great newsletter !!



Dear Marianne,

My pup is doing better, thank you for asking. *grin*

How you get rid of the information on your old computer depends on what brand of computer it is, and most importantly if it came with a set of system recovery disks. You want to not only get rid of your information, but any problems the computer may have acquired over the years of use.

If your old computer is an HP, Compaq, Emachine, Sony or any others that came with a system recovery program either on the hard drive, or on CDs you can just run that system recovery program and the computer will be erased and then set up just like it was when you first purchased it. You just have to make sure that you follow the directions that come with the disks, and do a recovery that formats the hard drive.

If your computer is a Dell, Gateway, or any other computer that came with individual CDs for Windows, programs, and drivers, then it is much more complicated and you should probably take it to a local computer shop to get the job done. I usually charge three hours of labor for the job. I make sure there is virus and spyware protection installed. I also install all windows updates, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and something to block pop-ups.


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