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Do I have to format the hard drive that came with my laptop before selling it?

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2 years ago#1
The OEM copy of Windows 8 was never activated on that hard drive, but on the SSD I replaced it with. But is my Windows 8 key on there? It would be a pain to insert the old hard drive again to format it, but I don't want someone calling Microsoft and stealing my key.
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2 years ago#2
Depends...The OEM key for Windows 8 is stored in the BIOS when pre-installed by the OEM, otherwise when you manually type it in it is in the registry... the part that I am unclear about is whether the OEM key is then transferred to the registry at some point but I don't know when, and if that key is tied to that specific set of bios, thus the motherboard... you are probably best to format the HD just in case...
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2 years ago#3
Get Hiran's Boot CD and run DBAN.
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2 years ago#4
PraetorXyn posted...
Get Hiran's Boot CD and run DBAN.

Why do I need some specialized program to format a hard drive?
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2 years ago#5
The Windows 8 key is tied to the mother board, not the hard drive. I would run dban on it just for security purposes so the new owner doesn't restore your personal information.
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2 years ago#6
Pepys Monster posted...
PraetorXyn posted...
Get Hiran's Boot CD and run DBAN.

Why do I need some specialized program to format a hard drive?


You don't need dban just to format but I'd highly recommend using it (or just reinstalling windows to a new hard drive) before selling a used disk.

As for the windows key there should be a sticker on the bottom of the laptop with the key. If not, so long as your install is still active, you can run Magical Jellybean Keyfinder and it will tell you what your key is, provided it works with Win8 which I'm sure it does.
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2 years ago#7
If you stored data on the original HDD that you wouldn't want someone to access you will want to format it fully before selling.

With Windows 8 if you go into PC settings, select reset PC, and select "fully format the drive" your data will be overwritten, this will keep 90% of people from recovering your data, at that point a professional data recovery will be required to get your data back.
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2 years ago#8
I never used the hard drive other than booting up my laptop to make sure it worked. I never put any pictures, documents or anything else on it.
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2 years ago#9
As long as you didn't put anything at all on the hard drive, no point in formatting.
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