Get rid of your old devices more safely

If you have an old computer, phone, gaming system, or other device that you want to sell, recycle, or give away, the first step is to erase all your personal information from the hard drive.

You can do this yourself, but we recommend using a refurbisher that can also help you with donation or disposal, if needed.

Read our step-by-step guidance on backing up your files and choosing which method of data removal is right for you.

How to more safely dispose of computers and other devices

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    i am trying to find all the antivirus programs on my computer, so that i may delete extras. how do i do this?

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