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HOW TO PRE­PARE YOUR DE­VICES FOR RE­SALE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIY SPECIAL - BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

When we de­cide to sell off our old de­vices, we do it with a cer­tain non­cha­lance. But don’t for­get, old com­put­ers and phones could still hold a lot of per­sonal data which could be mis­used by cer­tain el­e­ments. COM­PUT­ERS: Trans­fer all your im­por­tant data to an ex­ter­nal hard­drive. Use this op­por­tu­nity to re­move du­pli­cate files, es­pe­cially mu­sic and photo files, so that you don’t im­port ex­tra bag­gage to your new PC or lap­top. You can use a free soft­ware like Easy Du­pli­cate Fin­der to do this task for you. ◗ Once you have se­cured all your data, you have to wipe it from the old PC. A sim­ple delete is not good enough as there are many ways to re­cover deleted data. Ei­ther for­mat all your drives or use a soft­ware like dban ( dban.org) to wipe all your drives per­ma­nently. If you want to do­nate the PC, it is bet­ter to re­in­stall the OS for the new user. ◗ In case your PC or lap­top is in an un­us­able state you might have to call for the ser­vices of data re­cov­ery firms or soft­ware to se­cure data. Com­pa­nies like Stel­lar Data Re­cov­ery ( stel­lar­info.co.in) will do the re­cov­ery for a fee. SMART­PHONES: First use the soft­ware of your phone to make a backup of all the data, in­clud­ing con­tacts. Some phone soft­ware also let you copy data be­tween phones of the same brand. ◗ Once this is done, you can re­move the mi­cro-SD card in the phone, so that no one gets hold of the files in it. For­mat it if you are plan­ning to sell the card as well. ◗ But there is still data in the phones in­ter­nal memory to be taken care of. Some An­droid phones let you for­mat its in­ter­nal memory too. Oth­er­wise do a fac­tory re­set to wipe all the data ac­cu­mu­lated over time. Make sure you re­move your SIM be­fore re­sale. RE­CY­CLING: If you just want to dis­card an old de­vice—a PC, TV or mon­i­tor—look for a good e-waste re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity near you. ◗ While th­ese com­pa­nies pay peo­ple who bring bulk waste to them, they might not do so for in­di­vid­u­als. How­ever, com­pa­nies like At­tero ( at­tero.in) fa­cil­i­tate a free pickup of the old de­vice from any­where in In­dia. How­ever, you will have to pack it in a card­board box. Com­pa­nies like E-waste Re­cy­clers In­dia even pro­vide data de­struc­tion ser­vices.

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