Wipe and Sell Old Computer before Purchasing A Windows 11 PC

Christina updated on 2021/7/1 to Data Erasure

“The new operating system Windows 11 will be available very soon. I will purchase a Windows 11 PC, want to sell old computers now. Do I need to do something before I sell the old computer?”

Windows 11 is coming soon and there will be new computers preinstalled Windows 11. Many users will decide to purchase the new PC with Windows 11 when it’s available. What will you do for the old computer if you get the new Windows 11 PC? Some users will choose to sell the old computer directly.

Will you sell the old computer directly without doing anything? If so, you need to keep in mind that your personal data would be got by others. There are some tips for you before you sell the old computer.


Back up your data of the old computer

First, if you want to sell the old computer, please ensure to back up your important data on the old computer. You can simply copy and paste to move your important files to another computer, network drive, or external hard drive. It’s the simplest way to back up your old computer. Another way to back up your PC is using a reliable disk cloning software, like Donemax DMclone. You can use it to clone the drive along with all the data on it.

Also, you can upload your files to the cloud, like OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or other cloud servers. Then you can keep your data safe and access the data from any device. Please ensure that the files are uploaded to the cloud successfully before you do further changes to the old computer.

After you purchase the new Windows 11 PC, you can then move your files from the backup drive or download the files from the cloud server. Then you can continue using your data on the new Windows 11 PC.


Wipe the old computer to remove personal data permanently

After backing up your data from the old computer, you can then wipe your data to avoid a data breach. How to remove your personal data from the computer? If you only delete the files or format the drive on the old computer, the data will not be wiped permanently. It’s able to recover the deleted or formatted data with any data recovery software.

To wipe data permanently and avoid data recovery, we suggest you use a professional data wiping tool. Donemax Data Eraser is the best software that can wipe data permanently on a computer. After wiping with the software, the wiped data on the old computer will not be recovered in any way. You can download the software first as follows.

To wipe data on the old computer with the software, you can do as follows step by step.

Step 1. Shred existing files on the system drive.

First, please shred existing personal data on your old computer. You can run the software and choose Shred Files mode, select all the existing files on your system drive to shred directly.

I will purchase a Windows 11 PC, want to sell old computer

Step 2. Wipe the free space of the system drive.

Besides the existing files, please also wipe the deleted/lost data on the system drive. You can use the Erase Free Space mode in such a case. Just choose your system drive in this mode to wipe, all the deleted/lost data on your system drive will be wiped.

I will purchase a Windows 11 PC, want to sell old computer

Step 3. Wipe the entire data drive on the old computer.

If you also have data partition on the old computer, you can use the mode Erase Hard Drive to wipe all the data on the drive directly. It can wipe all the existing or lost data on the drive.

I will purchase a Windows 11 PC, want to sell old computer


Reset the system on the old computer and sell it

After doing the jobs, please reset the computer and feel free to sell your old computer. To reset your old computer, please select the Start button > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. Under the option Reset this PC, select Get started. It will take some time to reset the system.

I will purchase a Windows 11 PC, want to sell old computer

Once the process is done, your system will be totally reset ass a new fresh copy. It will make the system fresh new without any other personal data or junk data on the old computer. Then you can feel free to sell your old computer.


Conclusion:

If you want to update to a new Windows 11 PC and sell the old computer, please ensure to back up your data first and then wipe the data on the old computer. Donemax Data Eraser is the best data wiping software we recommend for you. You can use the software to wipe data permanently on your old computer. Then you can feel free to sell your old computer.

If you need to wipe data in other cases, like wiping data from an internal/external hard drive, SSD, memory card, SD card, USB flash drive, digital camera, or other devices, the software can also help you. Please download the software now to wipe data if needed.


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