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flatten your laptop: here's how to proceed

If you want to remove all the data from your laptop, you can format the hard drive. However, if you want to sell or give away the device, it is recommended to remove the data more thoroughly. Otherwise, new owners can recover sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card data.

Deleting all data from your laptop

Basically, you can remove data from your laptop without any additional tools. To do this, format the hard drive. If you format the hard drive, on which your operating system is also installed, you will need to reinstall the system and all programs afterwards. To ensure that data cannot be recovered after deletion, it is best to use special programs instead of formatting. This is useful if the laptop is to be sold or given away. Tools for deleting data ensure that it is significantly more difficult to easily recover deleted files.On the net you can find numerous free programs, with different settings options. The applications Eraser and WipeFile offer different levels of security and include a function to back up selected files. Blancofile Erase is also handy. Diese Software überschreibt geleerte Festplattenbereiche mehrfach, sodass eine Wiederherstellung kaum noch möglich ist.

Festplatte formatieren

  1. Öffnen Sie den Windows-Explorer.
  2. Klicken Sie mit der rechten Maustaste auf die Festplatte.
  3. Wählen Sie „Formatieren“.
  4. Warten Sie, bis der Vorgang abgeschlossen wurde und schalten Sie den Laptop währenddessen nicht aus.

By Consuelo Sturgell

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