Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:04 PM
Hey guys -
I have a somewhat older Dell laptop that I am considering selling. I have a question about cleaning the drive though. I have a KillDisk License and would like to use it to erase all the data from the laptop's hard drive prior to selling. However, I am wondering if this will erase the Dell Diagnostic tool that you can boot to in order to test your hardware. I assume it will, because I doubt it is loaded onto a separate chip - probably just written to the drive.
If it does erase it, is this utility something that I can reinstall, or would it be gone forever?
Obviously, after running KillDisk, I will be reinstalling my operating system - Windows XP Professional.
Anything else I should consider before wiping the drive with KillDisk? How about general things to do when formatting a drive?
I have wiped several desktop hard drives, but this will be my first notebook. I was a little worried about getting all the drivers loaded back on, so I purchased DriverGenius, which allows you to back up all your drivers.
Thanks so much guys!