#1
so i have a Toshiba Satellite laptop, and i was wondering if anybody knows how to COMPLETELY delte/clear EVERYTHING from its memory. i need to do this because i am selling it, and i dont want the new owner to be able to access things like my bank account, for example.
thanks.
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#2
I dunno if it will completely get rid of everything but downloand a program called ccleaner and run that.
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If you find out how to reformat the hard drive, that oughta do it
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You need to run a program like Darik's Boot and Nuke which will completely destroy all data on your hard drive, then you need to install the operating system again using the install disc.
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i am computer illiterate you guys, btw.
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Put in your XP/Vista CD and reboot.
You should come to a blue screen (if XP) or a graphical screen (if Vista).
You'll see stuff about partitions etc. and there will be several options such as delete, new, merge etc.
Delete everything.
Done.
#8
Smash it with a hammer, that usually gets rid of the history.


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#10
do a total wipeout, remove all internet cookies, saved passwords, delete everything in my documents and the ;C drive


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Put in your XP/Vista CD and reboot.
You should come to a blue screen (if XP) or a graphical screen (if Vista).
You'll see stuff about partitions etc. and there will be several options such as delete, new, merge etc.
Delete everything.
Done.

it didnt come w/ the disc, it was just already installed when i bought it (at best buy).
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Put in your XP/Vista CD and reboot.
You should come to a blue screen (if XP) or a graphical screen (if Vista).
You'll see stuff about partitions etc. and there will be several options such as delete, new, merge etc.
Delete everything.
Done.



This should do the trick. If you don't have your CD a hammer always works.
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Put in your XP/Vista CD and reboot.
You should come to a blue screen (if XP) or a graphical screen (if Vista).
You'll see stuff about partitions etc. and there will be several options such as delete, new, merge etc.
Delete everything.
Done.


this, but if you don't have the cd, well its gonna be harder, maybe take to a guitar tech and ask him to format and reinstall your computer, that probably the easiest way go for a computer noob
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it didnt come w/ the disc, it was just already installed when i bought it (at best buy).


Then you have a recovery partition, you are supposed to burn recovery dvd's when you buy laptops now that don't come with the discs. Restart your computer there will be a restore or recovery option, recover to factory settings and your good. Key stroke is probly f10 or f11

Most Sony, Toshiba, Acer, HP/Compaq, Gateway, E Machine units don't come with discs anymore but they have a tool to burn those discs. Like I said restore it from factory settings that's the quickest and easiest way.
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it didnt come w/ the disc, it was just already installed when i bought it (at best buy).


It it didn't come with a disc than it came with the restore option built into an extra harddrive.
In other words, when its booting up, you need to watch and somewhere it will say press so and so key to get to setting or restore or reformatting or anything really. Just watch for it to tell you to press a button while it's booting. It should be pretty self explanatory from there.
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It it didn't come with a disc than it came with the restore option built into an extra harddrive.
In other words, when its booting up, you need to watch and somewhere it will say press so and so key to get to setting or restore or reformatting or anything really. Just watch for it to tell you to press a button while it's booting. It should be pretty self explanatory from there.


well not all computers show on the booting, and often when they do, you don't have time to read it, so just check the manual
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and wth do you get THAT idea?
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Reformat your hard drive, I think that will delete the operating system too, so put that detail in the ebay auction or whatever.