How can I keep clean the used computer my son wants to purchase?


My son wants to purchase a used computer that uses Windows XP.

I am not comfortable with the source of this computer. The user used this computer to look at alot of material that I don't want my son to be associated with.

I have heard that deleted information is still accessable if you know how to view it.

Is there anyway for me to view this stuff to insure all is OK for my son?

If not, will replacing the hard drive completely solve the problem or does XP store supposedly deleted data in any other locations?

If I do have to replace the hard drive, is there any special things I should look for when I go to purchase one? Size? Speed? Etc.....

Thanks, D. Raker.


This question was answered on September 4, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There is a series of thiings that you can do, problems like these arent big an issue so yes you can replace a new hard drive, but what I can personally suggest you do is install a cleaning soap system, that usually does the touch.

Irving Espinal

Why not just do a new installation? That's easier than just installing new software and replacing the hard drive? Take time and just install the os over the old partition and you can replace everything that was on the harddrive before, sounds easier i say.

Jorge Torres

Katharine Gibbs School

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 4, 2003