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How do I keep Win 7 on a laptop before selling it?


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#1 Airlane

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 02:30 AM

I bought an old HP Presario running Win 7 last year from a local used-computer shop. Now I want to either sell it or give it away on Freecycle. Naturally, I need to wipe all personal data beforehand. The laptop came with Win 7 installed but no discs or anything to use to reinstall it. How can I wipe my data without losing Win 7? 



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Posted 05 April 2018 - 06:27 AM

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/erase-personal-information-off-computers-erasing-hard-drives-30053.html



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Posted 05 April 2018 - 06:31 AM

Thanks, Allan. That looks like it will do the trick.



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Posted 05 April 2018 - 10:47 AM

If it's a laptop...then it should have a restore-to-factory-defaults mechanism of some type.  Looking up recovery/restore info on the specific computer, using Google, should prove informative.

 

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 11:03 AM

I would also use CCleaner's Wipe Free Space option as anything you deleted on the drive is not really deleted, only marked as deleted. Files can be recovered using Data Recovery Software.

 

https://www.ccleaner.com/docs/ccleaner/using-ccleaner/wiping-free-disk-space


Edited by JohnC_21, 05 April 2018 - 11:05 AM.


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 11:05 AM

Some good ideas there. Thank you.






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