I'm selling a Dell Vostro 320, OS Windows XP and would like to know how to remove personal info. I created a new administrator account and deleted the old one where the personal info was stored. Is this enough or do I need to do more? Thanks.
I haven't used XP in a while, but the best way to remove the info is to reformat and reinstall. If you can't do that did you have an option when you deleted the other user to remove all info with the account?
Other than that, all I would suggest is to scan the system for your stuff. Old e-mails or whatever.
Additionally, depending on your level of paranoia regarding others being able to recover your old data even after you've managed to delete it, I would suggest running a program that will allow you to wipe (overwrite) the free space on the drive before letting it out of your possession.
There are many such utilities available and a lot of them are free.
I use Ccleaner from Piriform
You can use it to get rid of old temps and registry entries by running the general cleaner and the registry tool and then under the Tools menu you'll find a Drive Wiper option which defaults to Free Space Only.
Select your drive and the number of passes (3 will probably deter and defeat most) and click the wipe button.
I totally agree with Trouble but I must say that it really depends on how sensitive the information is. If it's top secret CIA info or the launch codes to a nuclear device, I would replace the hard drive with a new one since they are so cheap and not worth risking it.
You'd be surprised at the success rate of HDD recovering, even drives that have been run over by trucks or that have been at the bottom of a river. It's expensive but it can be done. Hard Drive Recovery - YouTube