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Wiping Vista Laptop without CD


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kp123

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Hi,

I am trying to sell my Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop. It came with Windows XP Home Basic and I upgraded it to Windows Vista Home Basic. To be honest, the whole Vista thing frustrated me so much that I bought a MacBook Pro and very happy with that. I can't find my Installation CD for either OS for my Dell Laptop though, and want to wipe all my files and software etc. of the Harddrive before I sell it. Don't want someone to be stuck with my crap, and also don't want them to see all my crap! I was wondering whether you could tell me a safe, easy way to clean the harddrive leaving only the operating system on it.

Thanks for any help,

Keeto
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DBAN
http://downloads.sou...use_mirror=iweb

It will overwrite the HDD making data recovery near impossible. You WILL need to reinstall the OS however. Sell it with Linux if you require a free OS.
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hi thanks for that. someone told me today that i could just set it to factory default using the F8 key when rebooting the system. could this work?wasnt entirely sure if that was a good idea, so thought id ask here first.thanks.
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On some OEM systems, pressing the F8 key whilst booting will give you the option to reinstall the OS. This still makes it possible to recover your data.

If you can create a bootable Vista DVD from within Windows or by using F8, do so. Then overwrite the hard drive with DBAN, then finally reinstall the OS.
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