What steps should I take before selling my desktop computers?

Question by tonic4268: What steps should I take before selling my desktop computers?
I have a few desktop computers at my house that I plan on selling. Are there any steps I should take before selling them, with regard to clearing them of any personal information. Is it as simple as just deleting everything, or is there something more? What other things do people do to a computer to prepare it for being sold?

Best answer:

Answer by bartzan41
All your info is stored on the hard drive, and deleted things aren’t really deleted, they are simply marked by windows as info to be overwritten. Thus it is all still on the hard drive. The best thing to do is to wipe the hard drive clean. Darik’s boot and nuke is a good way to do it. It is a free download. You could also just re-install windows and reformat the hard drive, but the Boot and Nuke disc is much more thorough.

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