So my parents have dumped on me the most odious of tasks. It seems that they have been holding onto every PC they've ever had for the past 15 years over fears that if they throw one of them away, that some evil hacking genius will steal their financial information, ruin their credit, burn down the house and molest their cats or some nonsense. However, due to the lack of space in the basement, they decided that the computers can be disposed of...my making me take them away and get rid of them somehow. Safely, of course
I know next to nothing about computers, so I'm not sure how to go about making sure there is nothing on them that might be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hand. If someone could walk me through how to completely format a C: drive and any other process that will erase everything and anything, I would greatly appreciate it.
Additionally, It is my understanding that computers, even computers that would now be attending high school had they been born children, are worth something, somewhere, somehow. What would be the best, quickest and safest way to sell these PCs. I don't think an e-bay auction would fetch anything, and besides, the shipping would be 10x the value of the products.
I don't have the specifications for all the computers right now, but two of them run Windows 98, the third runs 2000. I think they were purchased in 1995, 1999 and 2002, respectively. Giant clunky monitors, keyboards, printers, mice, speakers...everything included.
Thanks in advance.