I have my brother-in-laws old computer in front of me.
4 or 5 years old, with Vista Home Premium installed. He wishes to sell it to a co-worker (she has already indicated she wants it).
My task, since he is computer illiterate, is to ensure that nobody sees his 'stuff'. You, know, identity theft sort of stuff. He retrieved pictures, etc., before giving it too me and put them on his new computer.
So far, I have:
-created recovery disks (he never did)
-reinstalled Vista via the recovery partition to 'factory fresh condition"
It occurs to me that I should use some kind of shred or wipe utility to reformat the drive, then reinstall Vista again.
1. Anyone have suggestions for a (free) utility to do this? I'm not seeing anything in Windows.
2. Any thoughts about installing Ubuntu to effectively wipe the drive, then re-installing Vista?
3. Can I leave the D: (recovery) partition in place while doing either of the above?