When we get a new computer we think about what to do with the old one. In my county here in Florida, we have a club dedicated to refurbishing discarded computers for school children and veterans.
We see on these crime shows how forensic experts can look at hard drives and recover deleted files. So even if we delete all the files on our old computer somebody might be able to find them.
Some computer users take drastic steps to keep their data safe by smashing their hard drive (internal drive, not the whole computer) with a sledgehammer. Then they dispose of the box. No need to do that.
Perhaps you want to give the old computer to one of your friends or relatives. You want them to have whatever software is loaded already but not your “stuff”.
Create a new user as an administrator. Then sign back in with that new user name. Delete your old account and say “yes” to the question about removing all data related to that user.
When you are done, there is no visible evidence of you or your data. However, using the right software, the deleted files can be recovered.
Using Glary Utilities
In the Advanced area of Glary Utilities, there is a utility to wipe out all areas that have been deleted. It takes a while but when finished, the data is truly gone. Let’s look at how to use it.
If you do not have Glary, click the link above for an article I had written on installing it and how to use it daily.
Open Glary Utilities
Click the Advanced Tools tab
Under Privacy & Security, Click File Shredder
Click the Wipe Free Space tab
Click the box to the left of the drive you wish to wipe so a checkmark appears in the box. Then click Wipe Now.
Note: If you start this late at night, you might check the Turn off PC… box so the system shuts down when it finishes. My wipe took about eight hours.
A progress screen shows how far the operation has progressed.
If you did not choose to have the PC shut down when finished, you should see a completed successfully message. Click OK.
You will be returned to the Wipe Free Space screen. Click Close to end the process.
Now you can safely pack up that computer and ship it off to your grandchild, or whomever.
I hope you found this another useful tool.