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Wipe laptop but not operating system

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by goodyl, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. goodyl

    goodyl Thread Starter

    Nov 19, 2012
    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.
  2. DerekC


    Jan 10, 2005
    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.
  3. OfTheBlade


    Jan 15, 2012
    Indeed. Nuke the Hard drive:


    It's also here: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    A recovery/reformat still leaves your info on your drive.

    You need 7 FULL FORMATS BACK TO BACK to make it relatively difficult to recover previous info.

    Get a new/use hdd from ebay, image that, sell your laptop, physically destroy yours.


    Jan 30, 2007
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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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