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wipe Vista machine but keep OS?


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#1 masx

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 04:47 PM

Hi,

I am selling an old Toshiba computer laptop that has Vista installed. I want to sell it after wiping all my files from the HD.

I see several methods and programs that will do this.  If I use a program like KillDisk to clean everything off, will the Vista Home Premium operating system still be there? I seem to have lost any other CD except one I made when I updated from XP long ago. It is two system recovery disks, Vista Home Premium SP1. Not sure if it is usable.

 

I don't want to delete everything and not be able to have the Vista system in it so someone else can make use of it. Would I be better to just delete every file and folder? Or run the KillDisk.

Should I just REFORMAT? What would that do?

 

Thanks for any answers.

 

Toshiba L300 - D65 laptop - Vista Home Premium.

 

 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 05:04 PM

If the computer has a restore partition that is intact you can do a factory reset after backing up your personal files. You could copy your files then delete normally what files you no longer want on the computer. Then use CCleaner to wipe free space. This would make sure your files could not be recovered. After wiping free space do the factory reset as shown here.

 

You can see if you have a recover partition listed by opening Disk Management. Computer > Right Click > Manage > Disk Management.



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 02:25 PM

What was that old program that would do a DOD wipe? Basically rewrite the whole drive with 1's and 0's  7 times and then do a format.


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Posted 28 October 2015 - 03:08 PM

The old program you are thinking about is probably DBAN but it does not format after the wipe and it wipes the whole disk, not just free space. You can do the same thing with the bootable version of Partition Wizard.

 

http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/wipe-disk.html



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 03:13 PM

I really do not think you can just wipe/format part of a drive unless you delete wipe file by file. Any program you would use would basically wipe format the whole drive. Would it not.


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Posted 28 October 2015 - 03:20 PM

What I suggested was to delete the files normally and then have CCleaner wipe the free space which would effectively wipe the files or you can wipe files individually and in groups using the program called Eraser. Eraser also allows wiping of free space.






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