what sensitive info to store /backup system before overwriting.

the PC is going to be put to factory restore and given (donated ) to a person..

what sensitive info (passwords) should be remembered to be stored before giving it away... the only place i remembered was the browsers saved passwords.. what else?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Get to My Documents and see if the subfolders there contain any valuable data. Save it and proceed with Factory Restore. It normally overwrites everything. So it should be enough for you.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It appears you already have your data, but if you wish to be sure, you can copy your USERS folder to a USB key as a backup.

If you are donating to the person, formatting and restoring Windows factory fresh is fine. If you are giving it away to parts unknown, remove the hard drive first and then give it away.
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dbruntonCommented:
Email history and settings, address book, browser history, isp logins, isp settings.

Note that the above list may or may not apply to your computer.
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McKnifeCommented:
After factory restore, there shouldn't be any data left behind.
However, there is the theoretical possibility to find data with undelete tools afterwards, so it is advisable to wipe the drive using a software like DBAN and then afterwards, do the factory restore. If that ain't possible, use cipher.exe to wipe the unused space clean after restoring as shown here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/315672?wa=wsignin1.0 (info valid for modern windows versions, too).
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25112Author Commented:
thanks all.. i made  note of all..

now, c:\users should comprise everything that needs to be saved, right? (if of course, the user has a habit of saving anything outside Documents)
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Usually what you download goes to a user folder. If you save a document it is saved in My Documents which is a subfolder of Users.
You do not need to save entire Users folder, just your own user directory.
Sure there can be a Data partition where you or someone else saved some data - save it as well.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@25112  - Thanks and I was happy to assist you.
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