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I have a Dell 1525, with windows XP professional, version 2002, service pack 3, i was wondering what could happen if i format the hard drive and also how to restore all to default without the cd.. cause i dont have it, i want to sell the laptop but i want it clean and all my info removed.. anyy tips hpw to do it.. ?
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:welcome: JhOnNyBg00d

i was wondering what could happen if i format the hard drive

To the average user all data will be inaccessible.

and also how to restore all to default without the cd..

Without an installation disk you cannot.

i want to sell the laptop but i want it clean and all my info removed..

To wipe the HDD use http://www.dban.org/ and consider using an alternative OS to a Microsoft product, Mandriva/Linux http://www.mandriva.com/en/ for example.
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Definitely the answer I needed..
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If the laptop did not come with any disks then you may have a recovery partition on the drive. Try the below to check and see. This will put the system back to factory default settings and effectively erase any data on the hard drive.

Dell:

The key combination is CRTL + F11 pushing the keys at the same time at the the dell screen during post. Once you push them then you want to release them.
It should go into the recovery partition so you can do a system restore.


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