Disposing off old computer

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Now that you have a new computer running Windows 8.1, what are you going to do with the old computer? You can give it to somebody, you can try to sell it, or you can just put it on the sidewalk on the morning of the day when trash/re-cycle pickup is scheduled for your neighborhood.

Whatever you decide to do with it, please don't forget to wipe your old computer's hard disk absolutely clean. It is an absolute necessity to save you from identity theft, fraudulent charges on your credit card/s, and many other unwanted things like somebody stealing your passwords, social security number, bank information, reading your documents, looking at your pictures and videos, and so forth.

These days, anybody who uses a computer, stores all or many of the information mentioned above in his/her computer. I am sure you are no exception. Knowingly or unknowingly, a lot of your personal information is bound to be in your computer if you use a computer at all. So it is important to destroy all these information before you dispose off your old computer.

It is a very erroneous concept that just formatting the hard disk destroys all data contained in it. You need to use a good data destruction software to do the job. If you search in Google or Bing or Yahoo using search terms like "data destruction", "data wipe", or "how to clean hard disk", you will discover many software are available to do the job. Some of these are FREE, others are paid. And, of course, if you read the reviews of these, you'll see some are very good, some are good, some are not so good. For disposing off your home computer (as opposed to business computers which might contain a lot more valuable and confidential information), I think you can just use a good free software. I researched on the subject a lot before disposing off two of my home computers with highly valuable and personal information stored in them. My clear choice was a product called DBAN which I'll discuss in the next chapter.


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