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What’s the safest way to permanently erase your laptop’s drive? [Ask ZDNet]


On modern systems with solid-state drives, you can often find a management utility that includes a Secure Erase command. Welcome to this week’s installment of Ask ZDNet, where we answer the questions that make Dear Abby’s eyes glaze over.

In the mailbag this week: What’s the best way to securely erase your PC before selling it or giving it away? How can you fix your weak passwords easily? And why is it so hard to find a laptop with a large display and a touchscreen?

If you’ve got a question about any of the topics ZDNet covers, one of our team of editors and contributors probably has an answer. We’ll find an outside expert who can steer you in the right direction if they don’t.

Questions can cover just about any remotely related topic to work and technology, including PCs and Macs, mobile devices, security and privacy, social media, home office gear, consumer electronics, business etiquette, financial advice… well, you get the idea.

Send your questions to . Due to the volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee a personal reply, but we do promise to read every letter and respond right here to the ones that we think our readers will care […]

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