Wipe laptop but not operating system

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goodyl

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1300 that I want to wipe and sell, but from what I see there is a danger that I would wipe the Operating System too, which I don't want to do (Windows XP). Can you please help? I need simple, precise instructions please. I'm not sure which software to use to wipe it. I am not confident in all the claims that some companies advertise.
 
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Welcome to TSG, goodyl.

The easiest way would be to run Dell's system recovery feature. This would restore the computer to the factory conditions and settings. The Directions Start at step 3, on this link to Dell's website. Reimaging the computer should be enough so that most casual computer users will not be able to access any previous personal information, but the only 100% way to be sure would be to remove the hard drive and destroy it.
 

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If you are selling it just put in another harddrive and reinstall the operating system. if the harddrive thats in it now works fine hold on to it as a spare.i cant see destroying a perfectly good hard drive but thats just me.that way if you keep the drive you wont have any worries.
 
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