Laptop - re-install or software out on www?

  Lord Isleworth 12:02 07 Jul 2004

I have an old Toshiba Satellite Pro 410 cdt with windows 95 running. I want to sell it and it has mainly been used for the office applications not internet. My question - Is there software that wipes the memory clear so it is ready for another user and I won't have to wipe it and re-install win 95 (I don't have a re-install disc etc and have never done it before)
Any help much appreciated.

  Cuddles 12:04 07 Jul 2004

Format the drive, this will wipe it and it will then be ready to have os reinstalled from dos prompt.

  Lord Isleworth 12:07 07 Jul 2004

Ok, should have said I don't tend to get involved with computers if i can herlp it so if you can post instructions or links to how to do this easily I would be v grateful :)

  Smegs 12:07 07 Jul 2004

Cuddles, Lord Isleworth hasn't got a OS disk.

Lord Isleworth, I don't think there is a way of doing this as you haven't got a OS disk. If you had, you could do what Cuddles says.

  Smegs 12:13 07 Jul 2004

All you do is Start the pc in to dos, at th dos prompt, type format c: /s . Should look like this C:\FORMAT C: /S . This will format the hard drive. But if you haven't got a OS disk what are you going to put on the hard drive. When you have formatted the H/drive all that will be on there will be DOS. Also, you will need all the drivers, for you're hardware.

  Smegs 12:24 07 Jul 2004

You can find the drivers here. click here

  AndySD 12:57 07 Jul 2004

I think you are looking for something like click here Eraser

  Gingermum 13:05 07 Jul 2004

You need to be aware that formatting a hard disk does not necessarily remove all data, as many folks, banks and criminals have already found out. You need to use a program like Eraser.
You need to install an operating system if you wish to sell it. However, I doubt you'd get very much for an old laptop running 95 anyway. The specs are probably too low to run a higher operating system successfully. And it certainly wouldn't be worth buying a new OS. It might be better to donate it to charity.

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