ComputerForum.com ComputerForum.com  

Go Back   Computer Forum > Computer Systems > Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-27-2010, 04:52 PM   #1
Byte Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 29
Default How to reformat a Netbook? (Dell Mini 10v)

Hey guys,
I have a Dell Mini 10v netbook that I am looking to sell. I put it up for auction on eBay which ends in about 30 hours. Before I ship it off, How do I reformat it and ERASE ALL information on it and return it to the factory windows xp?

Thanks!
-Tim
fattty is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-27-2010, 05:30 PM   #2
Malware and Spam Assassin

 
johnb35's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: somewhere out there
Age: 44
Posts: 30,513
Default

You should have gotten a reinstallation cd when you bought it. You boot to it, format the drive and reinstall windows. Oh, wait, you said netbook, most likely you have a recovery partition. Look in your manual on how to reinstall windows.
johnb35 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 05:40 PM   #3
Petabyte Member
 
tremmor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mich
Age: 67
Posts: 6,030
Default

i got in the mail yesterday for my birthday today. it was an Asus Eee and surprised it had a installation cd for windows home and all the drivers.
tremmor is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 05:52 PM   #4
Byte Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 29
Default

I have the CD's, but no cd drive or external drive. Could you give me more details about the recovery partition?
I will look for the manual when i have time. Thanks!
fattty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 07:59 PM   #5
Petabyte Member
 
tremmor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mich
Age: 67
Posts: 6,030
Default

you can goto explorer and look for another partition like c: and d:. If you right click the drive and look at the properties you will see the size of the drive. example is mine says 157 gig. Yes its a 160 gig and no partition. Yesterday i also bought a slim dvd burner. not to many ways around it. if ya have the recovery disc and drivers i doubt its also on a partition.
tremmor is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 12:46 AM   #6
Byte Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 29
Default

I only have one drive which is C: Named OS, so i'm guessing there isn't a recovery partition?
fattty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 12:52 AM   #7
Petabyte Member
 
tremmor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mich
Age: 67
Posts: 6,030
Default

they had some readers only and not slim line. Not a biggie. just what ya need for something like $39.00 as an external. reader only.
might have been office depot or bestbuy. don't remember. will i use a netbook for burning. No......i don't think. One thing i liked it got the power from usb. no power supply and worked fine. only criteria was it had to be minimum of usb2. did require the power supply or at least suggested for my netbook. worked well but only 8 speed. No biggie.
cheers.....

even supported writing light scribe.
kind of useless though.

Last edited by tremmor; 03-28-2010 at 01:00 AM.
tremmor is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 03:09 AM   #8
Byte Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 29
Default

So right now, no other way than to get an external drive? How about booting to flash drive, or even easier,
How dangerous would it be if i uninstalled all programs and deleted all files that i have?
fattty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 04:21 AM   #9
Petabyte Member
 
tremmor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mich
Age: 67
Posts: 6,030
Default

Im not sure cause i never had a laptop long enough to try a wipe and install with usb. my kids always got the laptop 1st. I suspect by morning someone will reply. Im only guessing. Lots of boot devices for usb support in dos mode. Maybe an operating system on the usb could be slipstreamed. interesting though. we will see who replies. You did say you had to wipe and reinstall the operating wiped clean before selling. i will watch who replies.

I would think a boot device that would initiate the usb would be good. and the operating system was installed on the usb device. Just a copy of the cd to the usb and boot from there. its just another drive. Im just guessing though. never tried it. have towers only now and a netbook.
tremmor is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 07:19 AM   #10
banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Edmonton,AB Canada
Posts: 9
Default

try the following: first the F8 key to get into the starting advanced options, and choose the option (Repair the system) to get into the program that recover the complete system to the factory initial configurations. It works with dell laptops,
PCwhoop is offline   Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ZT Affinity vs Dell beeguy Desktop Computers 4 02-14-2010 10:29 PM
Netbook (mini laptop) pezza27 Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones 7 01-13-2009 01:16 PM
Fried Dell mobo, plz help, im so confused! ilovefishsticks Desktop Computers 3 01-03-2006 10:03 AM
I think I just killed my laptop!!! los7883 Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones 13 07-15-2005 06:46 PM
New Dell XPS 5 Owner, Instead Of Building My Own Pride Desktop Computers 29 07-14-2005 05:23 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:24 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2002-2014 Computer Forum