So you have finally decided to trade in your old desktop or notebook PC for a new model. But before you resell or recycle it, you need to ensure that none of the personal data stored on your PC gets into the hands of whoever uses it next.
The quick way, of course, is to just format your hard drive. But if you are reselling the device, deleting Windows 7 or any older version of the OS will diminish its value; after all, your buyer wants a fully functional PC too.
Don’t worry, you can get rid of all your data with the help of a few apps. And don’t forget to back up your data first. Use an external drive, or better still a cloud storage application, to store your important files and documents. Google Drive and Dropbox are great for general storage, while professional solutions like Hightail or Zoho Docs are perfect for secure document storage and management.