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Old 04-04-14, 10:58 PM   #1
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wiping a computer hdd before selling it

So if I wipe the hard drive with DBAN or something, what's the simplest way to reinstall windows and MS office?

I've got the product keys for windows 7, MS office, and a few others that were already there. I don't have the install disk for any of these.

I'd like to keep this as simple as possible.

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Old 04-05-14, 01:23 AM   #2
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Depending on your Office key, the downloads from MS may work(not sure on that one: I use open office or Libre office, depending on which machine I'm using). As far as Win 7, if you can get a physical copy that matches your key, it should work on another machine.

That said: if this was a home build, you can't re-install using your key(I assume you are re-installing and updating, I know I would) AND use the key on your new machine(without violating the licence which M$ may eventually notice, and then deactivate/ban). If this is a OEM(dell, HP, etc) it should either have a restore partition(likely hidden) that you can use to wipe and reload the machine, although you'll have to either make or get replacement media from the OEM if you are going to dban.
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Unless things have changed all you need is a valid key. I'm always loosing the disks, but I just dl the OS from somewhere and install with the key.

If that doesn't work.. consider installing Ubuntu. Anymore, it's just as good and idiot proof.
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it sounds like all it does is overwrite your data with new data like 7 times. I mean there's no software out that that does that and still leaves the OS and other softwares intact? I don't have any sensitive information in the program files (I don't think), so why can't something erase the rest of the hdd? am I looking at this the wrong way'?

why can't there be a file generator that makes a big ass file until it fills up the hdd, deletes it, and then do it several more times. wouldn't that overwrite any preexisting files that I wanted to erase?

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Old 04-05-14, 11:38 AM   #5
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download ubcd burn it to a cd .go into bios choose boot from cd then boot pc u should see disc wiping utilty a few of em this will erase everything on hardrive by writing to it and erasing it many many times
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