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how do i get stuff off my laptop?

we have two laptops, dh's and mine..and mine isn't used hardly at all, so i just put an ad on craigslist for it, so we can have a little extra money,..dd is needing a new car seat, on top of a move within the month. so money's tight. so how do i delete all the stuff i had on there, to completely wipe it off the laptop?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:21 AM on Oct. 4, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • If you have anything confidential on there, like account numbers, you need to get a program that overwrites your entire drive. You can find more information here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/storage/how-to-really-erase-a-hard-drive/129.  Before you do that, make sure you have install disks for your operating system; otherwise you won't be able to reinstall it, and it will be harder to sell without a working operating system on it.  If you don't have any type of information that is that sensitive, you may just want to do a system restore or format your hard drive and reinstall the operating system.

    andrea96

    Answer by andrea96 at 11:43 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • there are cds you can buy that write over everything. Deleting the info neve really deletes it all, it has to be written over too. You can also buy a harddrive to hardive transfer unit from best buy for like $20. It has attachments to plug into a laptop and a desktop. You plug one end into the harddrive you want to empty, and the other usb end into the computer you are uploading it to. Works great when one computer is dead and wont even turn on, you can still save your files.
    lasombrs

    Answer by lasombrs at 11:45 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

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