Getting ready to sell old computer
Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:49 AM
The kid's old dinosaur just got replaced by a little newer bargain refurbished unit.
He got the older one from the mother in law who did use it for her business.
It is kind of a piecemeal set up that someone built for her quite a few years ago.
I would love to just wipe it clean and fear that I really should do that before getting rid of it or selling or anything else. Older AMD processor 3/4 gb RAM and runs XP. I installed a wireless card, it has a network card, and a modem. I do NOT have the restore disks or anything like that. Hoping that I wont have to spend hours downloading drivers or replacing anything if I was to do format on the hdd. Any ideas or programs for cleaning, wiping clean w/o eliminating drivers or the OS?
I have manually tried to just go through and erase what looks disposable, no need to save anything any longer as all the data has moved to new machine...the new came with restore disc that I believe has XP on it too...
APPRECIATE it! ! !
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 11:12 AM
DON'T sell a used hard drive !!!!!
some data can be restored even if you erased it
Ccleaner has drive wiper tool in it that try to remove data permanently
my advice never sell a used hard drive
A big thanks to Dider Stevens
sorry for not being around
Posted 01 June 2011 - 11:42 AM
I am concerned that I would have to purchase both a new hdd and a new OS
I know what you are saying about no hdd ever being really erased, but not sure if there was anything of any value on this ever. If it was, it has to be near 10 years old now, so guessing that any data would do little good to a "thief" now...?? Maybe I will check with Mother in Law too.
I did hit cnet and got Ccleaner and Cleaning Agent. Sounds like the Agent has a few tools to let you select what you want to clean and what you want to keep. I may try that. Just worried about deleting the OS (I only have the decals on the machine with authentification #s, no discs or anything)and drivers for any of the hardware. I do not want to have to search all over for replacing those.
THANKS for the help!!!
Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:04 PM
That means you will have to reload Windows and all drivers and programs.
The restore disk will not work on your other machine as they are make/model specific.
You could wipe it clean then donate it to a school or something like that.
They typically have IT people that can get it back running again.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:51 PM
I use DBAN (Deriks Boot And Nuke) to erase old drives, infected drives, drives in PC's being given to goodwill, etc. It erases the Data then rewrites the entire platter with 0's and 1's, I set it for 5 passes (wipe, write cycles) which is more then enough to eliminate your personal data.
Here's the catch(s) depending on drive size and computer speed it can take a very long time (my 1TB drive took more then a day if i remember correctly with my dual core, My grandma's 60gb took 6 hours with her 10 year old P4) and it can destroy the drive completely due to the amount of heat generated with a continuous read/write/erase loop, like DBAN uses
OS reinstall is not require for goodwill donation.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 04:15 AM
I have not had much response to my for sale ad, so...
AGAIN, THANKS for everyone's help and ideas!!!
Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:48 AM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 10:07 AM
I am back at this again.
Thought I was done, but not quite yet:)
Swaying heavily towards the donating deal, but if I could wipe this clean first, I may try and sell it still.
The case does have an XP sticker with key # and everything on it.
I had the idea that I may be able to burn a restore or backup disc for the OS, format the "C" drive, then restore it with a clean install for a better selling point.
Seems like my last couple of laptops I did something like that with since manufacturer did not include any recovery software and suggested it.
Can this same type of disc be created in an older XP machine?
I looked through the system tools and restore functions without seeing much of anything besides how to create a restore point. I am really not interested in any of the data, drivers, added programs or apps being saved, just the OS for re-install after formatting the HDD.
I did a few searches without any real answers...
Anyone know how to create a XP back up or restore disc?
Hopefully I am explaining this weel enough...
THANKS in advance:)
Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:15 PM
Posted 01 July 2011 - 05:26 AM
I got the son a 1GB external USB HDD for his storage needs on his new computer.
I really want the physical space and want to get the stuff out of his small bedroom for him.
And, putting the OS back on the machine is where I am having my troubles.
This old set up only has a 20GB HDD.
THANKS ! ! !
Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:21 PM
Posted 20 July 2011 - 01:55 PM
fingers crossed ! !
Posted 06 October 2011 - 10:10 AM
Did the OP resulve the issue??
Did The OP sell or donate??
Was the Op able to create a operating Disk??
Was the OP able to wipe the HDD clean??
I'm curious by nature....
You want to be great, Learn how to heal people, To hurt people is easy
Be Kinder then you have to be,you never know what battle someone else is fighting~~~
Posted 09 October 2011 - 01:12 PM
Edited by Layback Bear, 09 October 2011 - 01:16 PM.