delete money from hard drive


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kate

i am trying to remove ms money 2003 from an old computer before i donate it.
i no longer have the software as i am using 2007. the computer says i can't
remove the program without the software. any ideas would be most appreciated.
 
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Dick Watson

I'd recommend a complete disk wipe. There are many free utilities to do
this. It would seem likely that the Money program is the least of your
problems.
 
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Cal Learner-- MVP

i am trying to remove ms money 2003 from an old computer before i donate it.
i no longer have the software as i am using 2007. the computer says i can't
remove the program without the software. any ideas would be most appreciated.
Most importantly, search that computer and delete any *.mny and
*.mbf files. Empty your "Recycle Bin".

These might offer some help.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/895866
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827814

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897443.aspx
 
D

Dick Watson

And it that's all you do, beware that recovering the files is still a
reasonably simple thing to do for an aspiring geek in, say, 7th grade.
 
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Cal Learner-- MVP

And it that's all you do, beware that recovering the files is still a
reasonably simple thing to do for an aspiring geek in, say, 7th grade.
As described in that third URL I cited,
SDelete -c
or
SDelete -z
will overwrite all of the unallocated space including deleted files.

Those two alternatives are discussed and contrasted here:
http://forum.sysinternals.com/topic7607_post31810.html#31810
Short answer, either is fine for this purpose.


Wiping the entire disk secures your data better in that you will not
forget to delete something, but "SDelete -z" has the advantage of
leaving the donated computer operational. Now if you had
manufacturer's disks to recover the computer to its original state
as shipped, or Windows install disk to format and reinstall Windows
after wiping, that would be even better, and less work than
carefully deleting files that may contain personal data.

Deleting the files in the C:\Users\username\AppData areas could be
important in many cases. Deleting the whole C:\Users\username folder
before "SDelete -z" for the users you have been using could be
important before donating a computer. Maybe creating a new user
before doing that would be useful to the new user. You have to be
careful to delete all personal info without bricking the computer.

If you are just "donating" the computer to get a tax break with no
altruism, you could wipe the whole drive, format, and install Linux.
 

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