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Old 08-09-2013, 11:06 PM
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best way to clear hard drive for selling?

my friend gave me his old laptop a few months ago and he said i could sell it for some money so i can build my gaming pc. i dont have the OS disc to do a reformat but i want to make sure all of my buddies and my info are cleared from the hard drive.

what is the best way to clear this laptop to make sure its safe to sell?

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:56 AM
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Re: best way to clear hard drive for selling?

you can always make a bootable usb think that would be the only way to clear the hardrive anew without the cd. Or just mass delete every folder and file you see
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Re: best way to clear hard drive for selling?

Is there a factory restore partition? Some (read:most big brands) companies will include a restore partition that you can boot from and reset to oem settings.
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Re: best way to clear hard drive for selling?

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Is there a factory restore partition? Some (read:most big brands) companies will include a restore partition that you can boot from and reset to oem settings.
There should be a key you can use to access that at the boot screen. Its f7 on mine might differ from others
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Re: best way to clear hard drive for selling?

download hiren's boot cd >>clicky<<
burn it to a cd or make a bootable usb drive
use one of the low level format tools to wipe the hard drive.

there should be one to write 0s over the drive multiple times to ensure that all data is gone.
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Re: best way to clear hard drive for selling?

You can easily download an iso file of whatever OS you need, and create a bootable flash drive using the Rufus tool.

http://torrentz.eu/

http://rufus.akeo.ie/

I wouldn't trust anything short of a complete reformat. Especially with windows operating systems.
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