Question about selling laptop with or w/o Windows 7 retail OS.
I have a laptop that I would like to sell. I just need any help on how to take Windows 7 off the HD and make it a blank disk. If that is not possible can I bundle the retail Windows 7 disks I originally bought for myself with the laptop? Any expertise that would help me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Just boot from a Knoppix Live Linux disk and format the HDD, or you can boot from Hiren's Boot disk and run DBAN on it to insure that none of your data is recoverable. A third method that would also completely wipe all your old info is to boot from your Win 7 installer disk go to the command prompt and run diskpart with these commands:
select disk n (the OS disk)
Be sure to use the all switch to overwrite the entire disk. HERE is the diskpart syntax detail.
Then you can sell it empty or load a Linux OS.
Well it is a two part issue, first you want to do a complete wipe using diskpart clean all from a windows install disk command prompt, or with DBAN from a CD boot from HERE.
Then, yes, you can load an easy Linux install like Ubuntu 13.10 from HERE. It is pretty straightforward and would be more appealing to a buyer to actually see the machine working. They have good documentation and the install is not difficult.