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How would i be best formatting my ssd drive ready to sell laptop?

2021-01-27, 12:21 PM

Hi, I am selling my old Lenovo Ideapad 510 laptop as i am getting a new Dell G5 15 laptop.

 

My old laptop didn't come with an SSD drive but i added one in it and used the software to copy my old drive onto it.

 

As i will be selling my old laptop I want to do a full safe format, how am i best doing that?

The drive contains setup files i think and also I do have an image DVD of windows 10 that i downloaded from the Microsoft site, but i was more worried about how I’m best clearing everything off it ready to sell to someone?

 

Thanks

 

James

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Re:How would i be best formatting my ssd drive ready to sell laptop?

2021-01-27, 12:29 PM

See How to Securely Erase Your SSD Without Destroying It re the ATA Secure Erase command.


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Re:How would i be best formatting my ssd drive ready to sell laptop?

2021-02-03, 6:44 AM

Hi and thanks for this, do you know if this would effect the partition on the drive that had the lenovo windows installation and will it also remove that?

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Re:How would i be best formatting my ssd drive ready to sell laptop?

2021-02-03, 12:58 PM

It will erase everything. And it's probably "overkill" for an SSD.

 

Perhaps an even better approach is to reinstall Windows from scratch from a USB drive. See How to do a Clean Install of Windows 10 the Easy Way.

 

That will ask you which partition(s) you want to use and if you want to do a thorough reformat of them. After reinstalling Windows and doing a Windows Update, go to the Microsoft store, download Lenovo Vantage and run it. That will make the system current with all the latest versions of drivers, utilities, etc., ready to sell.


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2021-02-14, 22:58 PM

Thanks Housman, if I done it that was would any data be recoverable?

I have been using this laptop for work you see which uses very sensitive information so would really like the drive clean before selling it.

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Re:How would i be best formatting my ssd drive ready to sell laptop?

2021-02-15, 2:43 AM

 would any data be recoverable?

 

To mere mortals, no. To MI5, who knows?

 

very sensitive information so would really like the drive clean before selling it

 

If you want 100% assurance then buy a brand new drive to put in the system you're selling and physically destroy the original drive. These days 256GB SSDs are relatively inexpensive.


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