Reformat hard drive

I have just bought another Dell computer. My old one works OK and I would like to donate it to a charity.  For security reasons, I would like to re-format the old hard drive so no confidential information can be accessed.  Can someone please tell me how to do this to clean the hard drive for this purpose?
I think I have to log in as Administrator but not sure how to do this either.

Can someone help please?

 

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Last updated March 19, 2018 Views 763 Applies to:
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I have just bought another Dell computer. My old one works OK and I would like to donate it to a charity.  For security reasons, I would like to re-format the old hard drive so no confidential information can be accessed.  Can someone please tell me how to do this to clean the hard drive for this purpose?
I think I have to log in as Administrator but not sure how to do this either.

Can someone help please?


Hi Jessie – Welcome to Microsoft Answers Community.

Best advice useDarik’s Boot And Nuke (DBAN) to 100% format the disk,
download it from the official page: http://www.dban.org/

Check this video on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNyZEkeV86s

I hope you find this information useful. If you need any further assistance,
please feel free to contact me and let me know.

I hope this information was helpful…

Have a nice day…

Best regards,
Fisnik


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Former Microsoft MVP
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