Already decided to trade your laptop? Don’t rush things and learn what you should do first before even bringing it to the buyer. Your machine should be cleaned first. Cleaning it involves deleting every bit of information in its hard drive and starting it fresh again by reinstalling all needed components like your operating system. Avoid having your files accessed by anyone. Learn how you can clean your computer before handing it over to the new owner.
This process is done simply by going to the place called data management. After finding this location you will then have to choose your primary disk which is usually labeled as (C:). You will then have to select the options or properties of your drive and choose format hard drive. Formatting a hard drive means erasing all the contents that was on it before. All the programs, files, documents, pictures and your operating system will be deleted after the process. Once the process is done, your machine will only show a black screen displaying few commands. This is the time that you will have to reinstall your operating system using an installation keys with valid licensing keys. The rest of the programs you want can be installed after the operating system installation. After the process, your drive is restored to a clean state.
What Are the Benefits?
Speaking of the benefits, cleaning your hard drive will prevent any instance of any personal information from going to unauthorized hands especially if you are planning to sell your computer. If an adware, spyware or a virus has found its way to your machine then cleaning it will remove those malicious programs and speed up your computer’s performance.
How Long Will it Take?
A 100 or 150GB hard drive usually completes the formatting process in 30-40 minutes and reinstalling your operating system would take at least an hour. If you are formatting a bigger one like 250-320GB hard drive containing lots of files then the process may take an hour or more but the reinstatement of the operating system should take the same time which is an hour.
Make sure that you have everything you need for reinstallation before cleaning your disk. Installation CD’s for your operating system and as well as some other needed programs should be ready and some important files should have been backed up before doing the cleaning process. If you are using a Linux OS then you have to make an installation disk first before formatting you drive. Reusable product and licensing keys are essential things that need to be prepared before doing a disk clean up.
How About External Hard Drives?
Cleaning an external hard drive is different. You don’t have to worry about backing up some files or a new OS. Just back up all your files to your primary drive then choose the external hard drive on the drives menu, choose options or properties then choose format hard drive. All your files will be deleted after the process then your external hard drive will again be “clean” just like when it was new.