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Clean Personal Data From Windows 7

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We have a general use PC that has Windows 7 that has little sensative information but want to clean it before giving it to another family member.

Besides deleting old user account, creating new user account, running full ccleaner, and wiping free space, what else do you recommend?
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by:Omid Omarkhail
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Use File Shredder Software and through this software you can clearly clean your pc and now can recovery your sensitive information back with data recovery software's us will.
You can download it from following link:
http://www.fileshredder.org/
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If you want to be relativly sure, re-install Windows, write 0s to hard drive and it will be pretty lean.  If thats not an option then I would corrupt the system logs,  wack any cookies, cache, temp net files, run some searches to make sure you dont have your files somewhere else.
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by:aadih
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Use Eraser: < http://eraser.heidi.ie/ >.
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by:rindi
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As you can do a secure erase with ccleaner, and since it stays in the family, it should be cleaned up enough.
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by:jcimarron
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gta2011--A simple delete might be all you need to do.  When you delete data, you cannot see it anymore, but it actually is still on the hard drive until you overwrite it as time goes by.  There are plenty of programs that can undelete such data, but not everyone knows about them.  So the issue for you is whether you think your family member is sophisticated enough to know about these programs and whether they would care to try to recover your deleted files.

http://www.howtogeek.com/125521/htg-explains-why-deleted-files-can-be-recovered-and-how-you-can-prevent-it/
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by:noxcho
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Reinstall Windows and wipe the free space. This is 100% guarantee that you would miss nothing.
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