How to delete files on computer

By HiJackThis1.99 ยท 7 replies
Aug 18, 2011
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  1. I am giving away one of my laptops to a friend of mine. It has Windows Vista operating system. In good condition but I do not need it (as I have replaced it by an ultra-powerful Alienware gaming laptop!).

    The other person is of course trustworthy but just to be safe I want to get rid of personal files from my computer. I have some straight and gay porn ( I am bi ), I have some games, I have some personal information.

    I can simply delete all of that. But I know that it is not really gone from the computer as it is still hidden in the harddisk in some way. How can I delete files completely while preserving the operating system so that he can use the computer just as it was before?
  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Select all files for deletion and press {shift-del}

    DL and launch CCleaner, Run CCleaner to get rid of temps, then at the Tools Tab select Driver Wiper
    Wipe free spaces only
    Simple overwite 1 pass
    Check the drives you want wiped
    Click Wipe
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    There is a program called Eraser that will integrate with Explorer. Then you can right click and delete with eraser - it has a ton of secure wipe options from 1 to 35 passes. If you have gigs of data to be deleted and you need it done within a day I definitely would not choose more than 7 passes. Depending on how many gigs you might only want a 3 pass.
  4. HiJackThis1.99

    HiJackThis1.99 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 92

    Which one is the most secure option, the one WinXPert says or the one with using the program Eraser?
  5. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    It's up to you, CCleaner's wipe option is up to 35 passes, and you won't be needing that, 3 passes should be enough. I don't use Eraser but since it integrates with Explorer, that may be easier for you to use.
  6. blaacksheep

    blaacksheep TS Rookie Posts: 70

    You can just create a new user account with administrator priveledges on the machine and then delete your old account telling it to delete the files when asked. That and CCleaner should do it.
  7. HiJackThis1.99

    HiJackThis1.99 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 92

    How do I safely clean the Registry from all its information?
    Such as file directories that are no longer present?
  8. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Run CCleaner. Click Registry | Scan for Issues | Fix selected issues... | No | Fix all issues | Close
    Repeat above until all errors are resolved.


    Before running CCleaner,

    at the Cleaner | Windows | Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer and System tab | check all boxes.
    at the Advanced tab | check Old Prefetch data and Menu order Cache
    at the Applications tab, check all boxes

    then run cleaner

    or you can use AFT (google for link)

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