Hi all iv recently purchased a new much needed pc but before i hook the new pc up i want to wipe the old one clean but keeping the O/S as im giving it to my brother to use,its windows vista basic 32bit,i do not have a cd as the O/S was pre installed i do however have a recovery disk or disks as there are 13 of them,any advise on how to proceed would be appreciated,happy to give more info if required,thank you
(Solved) - how to wipe hard drive without loosing O/S(12 posts)
If the system has a Product Key Sticker for the Windows Vista Version on the bottom/back then any borrowed Install disk of the same version should reinstall it. Take a system image for backup then wipe it completely and reinstall the OS.
Don't know if i understand but if you attempt to install your old O/S from your old PC onto the new PC you probably will get the BSOD as the drivers will not match unless your new PC is the exact model as your old one.
That said you can either use the links Lighthouse posted or just use your recovery disks as they should recover your old PC to factory spec's
Just to add, I am not keen on the modern "recovery" system method. And will always re-install with a full installation disk.
btw, do you want to nuke your drive completely first ?
Interjection, there is a facility in Ccleaner that might help you.
Ensure your data is copied.
In Tools, select Drivewiper, select free space, and in the security drop down box select 'complex overwrite'
Yes on an external drive,can i then use this even though im starting on a new pc with windows 8,iv also just read that if i put the first recovery disk in and then re-start the pc, during start-up press f8 this should open boot menu and go from there, once all the disks have been inserted the O/S should have been installed minus all my files,folders,pics,ect,this is for Packard Bell iMedia B2217uk i cant find my manual so i cant confirm that its the right action for this pc,im currently looking on there web site
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