Re: Wiping your Hard drive
Yup rohan, wozelbeak is correct. Formatting just tells the harddrive to overwrite any information it needs to in the future. The only way to TRULY erase a hard drive is to "write zeros" (I think this is still the current way, anyways) to it. The OP mentioned DBAN which works wonderfully. He mentions he will SELL the laptop...which means that he probably should fully erase the hdd for security reasons.
To the OP: I'm not positive about the recovery disks. My gut answer is to tell you that no, you can't do a fresh install with them, but I could be wrong. You'd want to find an OEM Vista CD to do a fresh install. I believe MS can send you one but I'm not sure. I "legally" torrented (DL'd) and OEM disk (one that had NO KEYGEN OR CRACK) so that I could reinstall client O/S's. It's probably "illegal" to do that, but it's "legal" to use it if you understand what I'm saying...I did not have the time to wait for MS to send a copy.
Someone will def. help you here though, I think.
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