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HOW TO SECURELY REMOVE YOUR FILES FOR GOOD

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HP 2000-21 OUS and HP G72-B60US

Hi all. Since I purchased from HP my current Pavilion notebook, I am about to let go my two old HP notebooks (HP 2000-21 OUS and  HP G72-B60US). Although I have already erased all files (except for the factory-installed software), I know that there is a way to completely delete the files so that they cannot be recovered. Being myself a lawyer, I must be specially careful with  files involving my clients, so I am bound to do everything at hand to keep them private. Can anybody provide any suggestions? Many thanks in advance. Martin Massini

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The simplest and secure is to wipe the hard drives with DBan.  Free and secure

https://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/

Then the Windows OS needs to be reinstalled, assuming the plan is to sell or give away.  Just re-install Windows from the install media and do not run the new install.  It will be like a new computer to whoever gets them.


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The simplest and secure is to wipe the hard drives with DBan.  Free and secure

https://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/

Then the Windows OS needs to be reinstalled, assuming the plan is to sell or give away.  Just re-install Windows from the install media and do not run the new install.  It will be like a new computer to whoever gets them.


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Many thanks for your help! Have a nice weekend

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Glad to be of help. 


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