Hey... I have an old Inspiron 8600 that I am donating and I want to get all my stuff off and re-install to factory settings. I couldn't even put in the reinstall cd if i could find it which i can't, nor can i put in one of those "nuke" programs that wipe out everything....does anyone know what I can do?
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Assuming you can't use Ctrl+F11, the only other option I can think of, is to stick a different hard drive in it, install an OS on it, and get your data off the original drive in your own time?
It might not be ideal, but since you're giving the system away for free, you could just install a Linux OS?
They're still getting a complete system for nothing after all, so... unless you've specifically told them otherwise...whoever you're donating it to shouldn't expect it to be replete with a Windows OS?
If they'd prefer - or indeed need a Windows OS, it's not unreasonable to suggest they'll have to arrange getting hold of one themselves?
With all that said... if you explain to Dell in the application form that you're donating the system to someone, they may be willing to send you 'backup' discs?
That assumes they can still supply them of course?
Edit: I've just re-read the thread title!
Does the old system at least have a USB port in it - such that you can install an OS from an external CD/DVD drive?
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thank you...yeah...i'm just a novice and wouldn't know how to install one anyway. the discs wouldn't work anyway because the dvd/cd drive is broken. i was hoping maybe i could use a memory stick or something or maybe even use a program like "nuke" that wipes out everything, but it requires burning a disc after the download and then running the software from it which i can not do either. just wondered if maybe there was a different type program i could download that would wipe out everything. i'm certain they will need the hard drive, but the system is unimportant.