Suppose you’re selling or junking your old laptop. You have sensitive data throughout your hard drive. You’ve already copied and/or backed up. But… wow… you need to wipe that hard drive clean. What’s the best way? A Brigada participant named Richard asked us this question this past week. If you’re using Windows, all you have to do is…

  • Select Settings (the gear icon on the Start menu)
  • Select Update & security, then Recovery
  • Choose Remove everything, then Remove files and clean the drive
  • Then click Next, Reset, and Continue

  Apple users, what would YOU recommend? Please just click comment. Also, if you have a favorite utility program (like Bleachbit — ), please share it as well. Thanks in advance for your expertise!