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June 20, 2014 7:19:15 PM

Selling my PC tomorrow and I want to erase everything, I've read that you should use programs like DBAN to get rid of hidden data that could be left on the drive.
Is that the best course of action for me?

I want to completely clean it all, THEN re-install my OEM Windows 7 from my disk.
Should be okay, right?

Just wondering what you guys would advise me on doing. Thanks!
June 20, 2014 7:22:17 PM

When you reinstall win 7 you can reformat those drives not sure if it will wipe everything(hidden files)
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June 20, 2014 7:28:48 PM

rhysneville said:
Selling my PC tomorrow and I want to erase everything, I've read that you should use programs like DBAN to get rid of hidden data that could be left on the drive.
Is that the best course of action for me?

I want to completely clean it all, THEN re-install my OEM Windows 7 from my disk.
Should be okay, right?

Just wondering what you guys would advise me on doing. Thanks!


It's easy enough to do and then you can rest easy none of your private info could be dug out. Simply erasing and reformatting does not do a secure erase and much of your old data could be restored. Just depends on how safe you want to be.

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June 20, 2014 7:32:33 PM

notherdude said:
rhysneville said:
Selling my PC tomorrow and I want to erase everything, I've read that you should use programs like DBAN to get rid of hidden data that could be left on the drive.
Is that the best course of action for me?

I want to completely clean it all, THEN re-install my OEM Windows 7 from my disk.
Should be okay, right?

Just wondering what you guys would advise me on doing. Thanks!


It's easy enough to do and then you can rest easy none of your private info could be dug out. Simply erasing and reformatting does not do a secure erase and much of your old data could be restored. Just depends on how safe you want to be.



So you'd advise me on going ahead and using DBAN? That's the most suitable?

And I'll have no problems reinstalling an OEM windows 7?
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June 20, 2014 7:33:12 PM

Wendeng said:
When you reinstall win 7 you can reformat those drives not sure if it will wipe everything(hidden files)


Yeah I know, it doesn't get rid of the hidden files permanently though, they can still be retrieved :( 
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June 20, 2014 7:38:54 PM

Dban will do it, there are many options like that, whatever is easiest for you. Re installing a legit copy of OEM Windows on exact same hardware should be a slam dunk but if it won't activate you will get a phone number to call and they should send you right through.
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June 20, 2014 7:44:31 PM

notherdude said:
Dban will do it, there are many options like that, whatever is easiest for you. Re installing a legit copy of OEM Windows on exact same hardware should be a slam dunk but if it won't activate you will get a phone number to call and they should send you right through.


That's awesome, thanks a lot!

Last question haha..

I want to wipe my HDD THEN my SSD, because the SSD is the OS drive and I'd rather that gone last.
What's the best way to do it? Unplugging or will there be a setting in dban? Never had to use anything like this before..
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June 20, 2014 7:59:04 PM

rhysneville said:
notherdude said:
Dban will do it, there are many options like that, whatever is easiest for you. Re installing a legit copy of OEM Windows on exact same hardware should be a slam dunk but if it won't activate you will get a phone number to call and they should send you right through.


That's awesome, thanks a lot!

Last question haha..

I want to wipe my HDD THEN my SSD, because the SSD is the OS drive and I'd rather that gone last.
What's the best way to do it? Unplugging or will there be a setting in dban? Never had to use anything like this before..


Dban will give you a menu and it should be obvious which drive is which and how to select it but the safest way is to unplug the drive you want to do last, just in case you get confused or make a mistake. I always unplug because sometimes I just screw things up when I get a little nervous:) 
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June 20, 2014 8:27:18 PM

notherdude said:
rhysneville said:
notherdude said:
Dban will do it, there are many options like that, whatever is easiest for you. Re installing a legit copy of OEM Windows on exact same hardware should be a slam dunk but if it won't activate you will get a phone number to call and they should send you right through.


That's awesome, thanks a lot!

Last question haha..

I want to wipe my HDD THEN my SSD, because the SSD is the OS drive and I'd rather that gone last.
What's the best way to do it? Unplugging or will there be a setting in dban? Never had to use anything like this before..


Dban will give you a menu and it should be obvious which drive is which and how to select it but the safest way is to unplug the drive you want to do last, just in case you get confused or make a mistake. I always unplug because sometimes I just screw things up when I get a little nervous:) 


Alright good stuff, thank you, I doubt it will matter what drive I do in what order anyways!
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