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Help please

by Bluesboyo / November 13, 2012 8:55 PM PST

Apologies if this has come up before. I'm selling my old desktop and read that eraser was the best program to clean it up etc so I downloaded and ran eraser but now I cannot boot my computer.Ive no boot cd and tried everything I could to even start in safe mode etc but have no luck. I'm a novice computer user so bear with me please.

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My advice. Install Ubuntu and move it out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 13, 2012 11:36 PM PST
In reply to: Help please

I find folk spend a lot of time and money restoring Windows when they've lost the media or wiped the drive. Install Ubuntu and move it out.
Bob

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eraser
by Bluesboyo / November 14, 2012 2:32 AM PST

I "acquired" a recovery disc and all's well again Grin so thanks for the help and advice, great website.

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Re: erased
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 13, 2012 9:11 PM PST
In reply to: Help please

So now you have to sell a PC without OS. That means the buyer will have to put his own OS on it. If he prefers Linux he would have done it anyway, so it's a minor issue.

But - unless it's a very nice, new, fast model (you didn't tell) - it won't be worth the money to buy a retail version of Windows 7 or 8, so you somewhat limited the number of potential buyers of your PC when removing the OS.

Kees

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Eraser
by Bluesboyo / November 13, 2012 9:14 PM PST
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So this "eraser" program removed the OS???? the desktop is old and slow (kinda like myself)

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Re: eraser
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 13, 2012 9:20 PM PST
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Likely. But to be sure, you would have to tell what exactly that program was (for example, the webpage you downloaded it from).

The value of old and slow desktops is nearly zero. That's about the same as the value of an old desktop without OS. So you didn't lose any money to speak of.
It might be time to bring it to the recycling.

Kees

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eraser
by Bluesboyo / November 13, 2012 9:27 PM PST
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Yep.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 13, 2012 11:57 PM PST
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It's totally empty now. Not even the NSA would be able to get any information from it.

Kees

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eraser
by Bluesboyo / November 14, 2012 2:34 AM PST
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All solved. I acquired a recovery disc and all's well again. Thanks for all the help and advice folks.

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