I'm most likely going to sell my used laptop on eBay for more money towards a new build. I want to clear out all of my files.
Is there a way to reformat Vista without a CD?
Also, how much do you think I could get for it?
It's a prebuilt Asus G51vx Laptop in good condition
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 @ 2GHz
RAM: 4GB DDR2
HDD: 320GB 7200 RPM
GPU: 1GB nVidia GTX 260M
Monitor: 15.6 inch LCD (1366x768) Display
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
Network: Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card
He's probably referring to a restore/recovery partition.
This doesn't actual format the drive btw. Data's still all there.
What's so hard about borrowing or just dling a win vista disk? It's not exactly difficult to find online. It's pretty stupid that companies don't ship PC's with windows cd even though you paid for a valid license.
Really, a full format does not even get rid of your data. I like to use Darik's boot and nuke and use their DoD standard wipe if getting rid of a system, which is basically a 7 pass zero erase. In case you have sensitive data on it.