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How to wipe gateway solo 2500

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SWkat, Jul 28, 2018.

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  1. SWkat

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    How do I wipe my gateway solo 2500 so I can sell or donate it?
     
  2. flavallee

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    The Gateway Solo 2500 laptop appears to be about 17 - 18 years old.
    Based on its age and the hardware it came with, you're wasting your time trying to sell or donate it.

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  3. AmateurJohn

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    You could always try to sell it to someone who likes to collect older parts/computers. If nothing else you can keep it for years down the road, or visit a recycling center that takes in electronics and such. As for wiping your computer, do you by chance have the floppy disk/or CD....? You can format it, and reinstall there.

    Also: To completely wipe it(not just format), you'll need to use a reputable 3rd party program to delete the data. Since stuff can be recovered, even after format.

    For wipe and reinstallation: https://www.dell.com/community/Windows-General/Reinstalling-Windows-ME/td-p/27801
     
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  4. SWkat

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    Thank you for your reply. I'll check out the link you gave.
    I'm sure there are collectors...finding them is another matter. ☺
     
  5. SWkat

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    Thank you for your opinion. I still need to wipe it even if it's recycled.
     
  6. AmateurJohn

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    No problem, I hope it helps you, and good luck! :)(y)
     
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    All you need to do is remove and destroy the hard drive.

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    Thank you. I'll do that.
     
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    There's a freeware called "Killdisk" that'll allow you to create a bootable CD/DVD. THen you boot from there and can wipe the hard drive. DO note that the free version has some limitations as to the types of wiping available.
     
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    Most manufacturers have utilities that not only can diagnose disk issues, They generally also howe utilities that'll allow the user to wipe their disks clean. I still find, however, that "Killdisk", even the free one, is the best tool for that. Unless you have some seriously important stuff on the frive? Then a single run that sets all to Zero should sufficient. For added security you can run it more than once, if necessary.
     
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