Clean me up, Scotty!
February 29, 2008 1:47 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with?
posted by rhoticity to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 1.5 year old Dell laptop running Windows XP SP2 which I'm selling in the next couple of weeks (getting a Macbook... YESSSS). I'm going to make an attempt to sell it here on campus or through Craigslist before I try other methods, and so as soon as I transfer everything I want to keep over to my new computer, I want to clean the hard drive off as well as I can. The problem is that, in a misguided money-saving attempt when I first ordered the Dell, I did not request physical Windows XP reinstall CDs. Obviously I cannot just completely reformat the hard drive, then, since I will have no way of reinstalling the OS.. right? What do I do to get this thing ready to sell to a stranger?
For the record, there's nothing terribly "sensitive" on here, just personal/academic documents and photos, but I'd rather get it as clean as possible just in case some total weirdo gets a hold of it.
Any other tips on dealing with the less-than-stellar electronics resale market would also be appreciated.