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Dead computer-how do you erase the info

\015 My computer is dead, no power. How do I erase the info on the hard drive so I can sell or donate the computer?\015

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Here's another option. Instead of detroying a perfectly good hard drive or using a magnet which you cannot know for sure has done its job, one can put the hard drive into another laptop that accepts a second hard drive and do a regular low level format of the drive or use some type of security software that is designed to securely erase the data. The other option is finding someone with an external hard drive case or a usb adapter cable designed to attach the hard drive to the usb port of another computer. The same steps could be performed.
Well since its dead software is out. You would have to open the hard drive and run a strong magnet across it 10 or 12 times..probably be easier to take the hard drives out and sell them at a cheaper price. Especially if you are selling it to strangers. Here's what the microsoft site said:

You\015\012need to destroy the platters inside. Try smashing them with a hammer.\015\012Destroying them with a torch should work.\015\012But you're right to be paranoid about this. Identity theft has become\015\012overwhelming. There are a lot of people out there who would love to\015\012hurt you.

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