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#1 carolhall1

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:15 PM

I plan to give away my old laptop running Win XP, SP3, but would like to keep the OS on the drive while wiping everything else. What is the best way to achieve this? I do not have the OS disk.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:16 PM

Do you have the system disks that came with the system?

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:19 PM

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:20 PM

Does the drive contain a system reinstallation partition?

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:34 PM

I don't know. How can I tell? As you can guess, I am a novice.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:44 PM

Please perform the following, so that we can get the exact specs of your computer. This will better assist us in helping you more.

Publish a Snapshot using Speccy

The below is for those who cannot get online

Please take caution when attaching a text file to your post if you cannot copy/paste the link to your post, you will need to edit it to make sure that your Windows Key is not present.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:43 PM

Whats the make/model of the system?

Remember that when you wipe a disk you wipe all of it, not just a portion.
You could uninstall any programs being careful to keep the drivers (why we need to know make/model)
Then delete all your personal data.
Then defragment the hard drive.

Who will you be giving this system to?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:47 PM

I plan to give away my old laptop running Win XP, SP3, but would like to keep the OS on the drive while wiping everything else. What is the best way to achieve this? I do not have the OS disk.


Just uninstall all apps you don't want on the system.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 06:57 PM

I was able to get a snapshot of my laptop using Speccy but could not connect to BC - kept getting an error message. However,I copied the results and am sending from another computer:

Op Sys: MS Windows XP 32 bit SP3
CPU: Intel Pentium M175 Dothan 90nm Technology
RAM: 512 MB Dual Channel DDR2 @99MHz (3-3-3-8)
MOTHERBOARD: Dell Inc,OK5547 (Microprosser) 41 deg C
Graphics: Default Monitor (1024x768) @ 60 MHz 64 MB ATI
Hard Drive: 78 GB IC25N080ATMR04-0 (PATA)
Optical Devices: TSST Corp CDRW/DVD TSL462C
Audio: SigmoTel C




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