How to safely resell a barely used netbook?
January 7, 2013 7:33 PM Subscribe
I bought a netbook a couple of years ago and have probably used it a total of eight times since. I just resold it on Amazon and am now preparing to ship it off. I understand that under normal circumstances it's advisable to wipe the hard disc and then reinstall the operating system. My netbook has no CD drive and therefore no operating system CD. I'm told the operating system may be embedded in another disc but I don't have the savvy or patience to figure it out.
posted by AlmondEyes to computers & internet (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Essentially, I'm wondering if it's OK and not totally stupid to to sell the netbook as is without reinstalling the operating system? I have never kept files on the machine, and don't believe I've done online banking on it, either, but could change all my banking passwords now for extra measure. What's the minimum I need to do to protect myself from having my private information hacked off this machine by its new owner (if she does in fact have malicious intent)?