Returning tablet for warranty exchange- how to clean my data


  1. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 Anniversary (Pro)
       #1

    Returning tablet for warranty exchange- how to clean my data


    I am returning my Surface tablet for a warranty exchange. Are there any precautions I should take with my data on the PC (Windows 10 Pro)?
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    I have already deactivated the Windows 10 license and copied my data, but is there any risk of my passwords (I am using Google Chrome) getting stolen? I thought of installing Linux then formatting the partitions. What would you do?
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  2. Posts : 1,862
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #2

    Settings > Update and Security > Recovery > Reset this PC.

    Select Remove everything.

    To double check, download and run the free tool Recuva from Piriform.

    Download Recuva | Recover deleted files, free!

    It will show you if there is any recoverable personal data on the system.
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  3. Posts : 1,630
    win10 home
       #3

    Use dban to clean the disk.
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  4. Posts : 1,862
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #4

    DBAN doesn't work on SSD's.

    From DBAN -

    While DBAN is free to use, there’s no guarantee your data is completely sanitized across the entire drive. It cannot detect or erase SSDs and does not provide a certificate of data removal for auditing purposes or regulatory compliance. Hardware support (e.g. no RAID dismantling), customer support and software updates are not available using DBAN.

    Data Removal: Darik's Boot and Nuke - DBAN
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  5. Posts : 68
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
       #5

    Use Eraser from Eraser – Secure Erase Files from Hard Drives . It overwrites all deleted data, which is what I think you want to do.

    bob
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  6. Posts : 1,630
    win10 home
       #6

    Go to ---lifewire.com---and on the top right of the home page click on the search icon and type in---38 best free --- and you will be offered that extensive list,one of which should suit your needs.
    Haven't used dban since changing to ssd,
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  7. Posts : 1,116
    win 10 pro x64 os build 20H2
       #7

    your taking back o the store right, i would simple do the factory reset and go back to its factory form, like was stated above. it will not be put back on the shelf it will be sent back to the factory and deleted again anyhow.
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  8. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 Anniversary (Pro)
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Tonyb said:
    your taking back o the store right, i would simple do the factory reset and go back to its factory form, like was stated above. it will not be put back on the shelf it will be sent back to the factory and deleted again anyhow.
    No, it's going directly to Microsoft.
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  9. Posts : 1,116
    win 10 pro x64 os build 20H2
       #9

    then just factory reset it and let it go MS will wipe it anyhow .
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