Completely Remove Sensitive Information From Your Old Computers

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http://www.liberiangeek.net – Do you want to donate or give away your unwanted computers to charity but afraid of your personal information ending up in the wrong hands? You’re not alone. In fact more and more people are giving out their old computers to others with sensitive information still on it. To protect yourself, I’m going to show you how you can donate your old computer without putting your information at risk.   The first step in protecting your sensitive information is completely removing your data from your computer hard disk. There are many tools that can help you accomplish this task, but for this tutorial, I’m going to demonstrate how to use Active@ KillDisk to remove your data from your old computers. Active@ KillDisk Free Version will wipe out all drives attached to your computer by securely overwriting on the file-system level  and thus rendering the data on the drives unusable.   1) Download Active@ KillDisk ISO image from here   2) After downloading, right-click on the folder then select Extract All…     3) When the folder is extracted, burn the image called BOOT-DISK to a blank CD/DVD. If you don’t know how to burn an ISO image, click here to learn.   4) Once the images is burned onto a blank CD/DVD, pop it into your computer and boot from it. Select Active@ KILLDISK [FREE] and press ENTER.     5) Press ENTER here also to continue.     6) Next, select the hard disk you want to wipe then press F10. It is usually the Local Disk (C:)     7) Select the method to use. One Pass Zeros (1 pass) is ok. Press F10 here to continue.     Next type ERASE-ALL-DATA in to the box to begin wiping you drive.     9) It should take a while to completely wipe you hard disk. Wait until the process is finish.       10) Once job is complete, reboot your computer and you should see an error message “Missing operating system_” That’s a sign of a successful wipe.   Thanks for coming again. Join the forum discussion on this post (HowTos)