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barefoot
07-21-2006, 01:33 PM
Whatís the best way to clean an old laptop? Iíve already defragged it, ran a disk cleanup, ran spyware, removed some old programs, and cleared the histories. Anything else that should be done to clean it up?

bcampbe7
07-21-2006, 01:37 PM
What are you trying to accomplish barefoot?

Are you selling the laptop?
Are you throwing it away?
Did you have a problem and need it cleaned up?

LakePirate
07-21-2006, 01:40 PM
If you have the software re-image it.

If not be sure to scrub it with Windows Defender (it's free)
It has a registry scan that will find a lot of the garbage.

Look for any crazy files in the C drive, they could be housing something. If there are apps that you don't use, then blow them away as well.

Beau asks some good questions. If we know the answers we can help more.

bigmac
07-21-2006, 02:00 PM
I would pull off my data files and just reformat the whole drive.

barefoot
07-21-2006, 02:53 PM
What are you trying to accomplish barefoot?

Are you selling the laptop?
Are you throwing it away?
Did you have a problem and need it cleaned up?

umm...well...you know....there might be some stuff on there that shouldn't be...I'm just saying...geeze...

LakePirate
07-21-2006, 03:36 PM
Are you trying to rid it of what shouldn't be there?

bcampbe7
07-21-2006, 03:44 PM
umm...well...you know....there might be some stuff on there that shouldn't be...I'm just saying...geeze...


I would go the route that bigmac mentioned. You need to make sure you have a Windows disk or the recovery disk that came with the laptop.

LakePirate
07-21-2006, 03:46 PM
If you do have the software be sure to reformat the disk twice, once to some crazy partition and once to the one you want to use.

barefoot
07-21-2006, 03:48 PM
Are you trying to rid it of what shouldn't be there?

I want to make sure that if something that "shouldn't be on there" is not on there...

bcampbe7
07-21-2006, 03:48 PM
You could also just remove the hard drive and put it next to a really strong magnet.

kidding...

bcampbe7
07-21-2006, 03:48 PM
I want to make sure that if something that "shouldn't be on there" is not on there...


Formatting like LP mentioned is your best bet.

dog paw
07-21-2006, 03:50 PM
I use East Tec erasure. Works great! Scrubs out all slack files ALL personal info historys and all that crap. Also scrubs all unused hardrive space Lots of options! works to DOD top secret specs:cool:

Dont get a false sense of security reformatting. The info is still there. Degausseing (sp?) is the only way to compleatly remove it, scrubbing being the next best. Actually some have told me if its that "bad" LOL! the safest thing is to physically destroy the drive........

barefoot
07-21-2006, 03:57 PM
all right...I'm making it sound really bad. It's not that bad. Basically, there is a mix of business files and personal files on a temperary (barrowed) computer. I'd like to return it in such a way that it's clean...

barefoot
07-21-2006, 04:00 PM
Formatting like LP mentioned is your best bet.

And it seems failry easy too!

rektek
07-21-2006, 04:16 PM
F-disk, reset partition if needed, re-format drive and re-install operating system and the programs you need.

download the drivers you'll need from the manufacture website, xp has some but not all of them.

Jeff

dog paw
07-21-2006, 04:28 PM
all right...I'm making it sound really bad. It's not that bad. Basically, there is a mix of business files and personal files on a temperary (barrowed) computer. I'd like to return it in such a way that it's clean...


Download the free version of East Tec Erasure from downloads.com and give it a shot

barefoot
07-21-2006, 04:35 PM
You should see all the porn...ah, I mean, educational sites it's picking up

just kidding...thanks for your help everyone!




And, by the way, have fun skiing/wakeboarding/footing this weekend.




and watch those breathalyzers....

dog paw
07-21-2006, 05:34 PM
LOL! I bet........ I use that program here at work when the need arises being the unofficial bumbleing computer fixer.

As the wiping list rolls along I find myself going, WHAT! WHO? HOLY #$$@# GOOD GOD! Alot of these perves eeerrr coworkers owe me big time8p

stevo137
07-21-2006, 06:46 PM
Good info guys. I am in the process of sending the old laptop in for a new one and I need to clean it up a bit before sending.
My advise is to never do anything "questionable" on a company puter. Those IT people will find it if they want to.
For some reason my IT guys think I'm funny. :confused: :rolleyes: :D

milkmania
07-21-2006, 07:03 PM
if it's a realllllly old laptop, you may not have the option of starting the Windows CD after format, unless you start out using the 3.5 floppy, then they're not hot swappable..... you'll have to mount the CD before you can start loading windows files back after format or f-disk.

got into that on an old titanium Toshiba, I think it was:o