Best way to delete data on PC

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A co-worker of mine used to share a PC with me. He's no longer with the company. I want to free up space on the PC by deleting his data. Is it alright to directly delete it? Or should I back it up too?

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Of course backup is always a safe procedure for future use. First take all necessary backups of files/folders (other than software/setup files) and then delete data or format the OS and make a fresh install again. But always take backup before doing anything.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Was it shared through a different user name? Are your user names domain names or local machine names?

    In general, there's no such thing as a "best" way, especially when given by someone else unless you can list all relevant requirements and assign proper weights/priorities to them.
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  • ToddN2000
    Back it up as a safety measure. How are you going to identify THEIR data from yours? If you shared a PC did you have separate login ID's or separate folders for storing data? You want to make sure you do not delete something of yours by accident. Also did you share an email account?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Or you can use a 3rd party tool to make sure of the job like sdelete/eraser (both are free to use) and they can work fine.
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