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Removing All Data From Computer
Allen writes in with a software question.
Question:Hi, I have a desktop 333 MHz desktop Dell Computer that I want to delete everything including personal info off of. I was told to go to CCleaner.com to do the job, but I don't have an ISP provider for it and it's not connected to the internet. How can I delete information and make it like it was when I bought it new? Please advise. Thanks for your help.
Answer: CCleaner will not remove all of your personal information. It just removes items such as temporary internet files and empties the recycle bin etc.
Depending on what you want to do there are several steps you can take. If you don't plan on using the computer for anything else you can take out the hard drive and locate the sticker on the side that is sort of shaped like an oval and remove it. This will wipe out the entire drive and make it useless. You can also boot with a Windows 98 boot disk or 2000/XP CD and format the drive to erase everything.
If you want to continue to use the computer or give it away you can use CCleaner to clean out files and also use Trackless to wipe out your internet history. You can download them on a computer with internet access, put them on a CD and then install them on your computer.
Then you can do a search for all of your Word files etc and erase them too.
Finally if you have a restore CD that came with your computer you can use that to restore the computer back to the way it was when you bought it. Since you have Windows 98, you may not have one.
Just be sure to backup any important data before doing anything so you don't lose it!