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Selling Laptop how do I make it Like New?

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November 28, 2012 3:38:15 AM

So I am selling my hp 2000 notebook and I have no clue on how to wipe the hard drive and such before selling it. Windows 7 was pre installed and I dont have any CDs with it.

If anyone can help that would be awesome! Thanks :bounce: 

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November 28, 2012 3:44:41 AM

Run factory restore and u r good.
November 28, 2012 4:05:34 AM

You can create restore discs on an HP by opening the start menu and searching for "Recover" Pick the one that says "Create Recovery Discs" or similar enough to it. You can only create one set of restore discs, after which it will delete the program, so make sure if you sell it to give the person you sell to, the discs.

The advantage of this is that you can first use a program to wipe the hard drive if there's any sensitive data (SSNs? Financial files?) on it that you may be worried that the buyer might use an "undelete" program to find the file on the hard drive. I recommend doing at LEAST two passbys with any such undelete program, but the federal minimum needed to wipe a hard drive that was a government hard drive is at least 7 passes - to really make sure the data is likely to be unrecoverable. After you delete the data, you'll boot from the first disc and run the recovery

On the other hand if you just care about doing it quickly, making it factory condition again while deleting all files (but not make them totally unrecoverable to those intent on finding them) you can just do the partition system restore. Turn off the computer and then turn it on. When it has the HP logo press f10 (it may be f12, if not f10... they like to change it up on HPs sometimes)(Usually I just repeatedly press the button to make sure it gets the input when it's ready to detect input) this should boot it from the recovery partition and allow it to restore back to factory condition by following the prompts.

The last HP 2000 I restored from the partition took about 2 and a half hours, so find something else to do while it does it.
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November 28, 2012 4:07:33 AM

Here is a step by step process on how to reformat your hard drive, with the OS intact and fresh.

I. Windows Home button

II. Control Panel

III. System and Security

IV. Look under Action center, should be a "Restore your computer to an earlier time" Option under Action Center; Click on it.

V. Recovery, Then click on "Advanced Recovery Methods", the bottom option should be "Restore your computer to factory settings"; Click on that, and then follow the step's that it gives you afterwards.
November 28, 2012 10:13:11 PM

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