i have a Compaq mini notebook that's running xp and apparently according to hp when I first used the machine I would have been instructed to make a recovery disk? not sure how as it doesn't have an optical drive.
anyhow it looks as though there is usually a partition in the hard drive for recovery but I have looked at every way possible to see if there is one and I have to say ive never found one, to top it off hp no longer support this model so there is no recovery disk/usb dongle available
what I want to do is sell this on as while it only has xp on it its more than capable of running windows 7 and is by no means a slow machine, but in order to do that I want to properly remove any data off of it to safe guard myself hence the factory reset seemed like a good option, but now I cant do that does anyone have a good way I can reset this thing short of re installing windows, which while I have a disk and a legitimate licence I cant do as the licence is oem and being I want to sell it I don't think a dodgy copy of xp is going to cut it and its not worth the cost of installing a new os
any advice will be welcome