Buying a laptop is an expensive investment. When you buy a device, you expect it to last you a couple of years. There comes a point, however, when you have to ask yourself the impending question: does my laptop support my existing needs?
If your current laptop is no longer as effective as it once was, or if you need a newer model that fully accommodate your student lifestyle, then it’s time to sell your old device.
Here’s how to go about it.
Backup Your Data
Start by backing up all the data on your device. Documents, media files, programs; whatever data you want to keep needs to be backed up. Depending on the size of your data, there are several different ways to go about it. For instance, a cloud storage service may be used to store a small amount of data. You can even copy-paste files directly to another removable device. For larger amounts of data, you’ll need an external hard drive.
Look For Software Product Keys
This step is especially important if you plan on buying a new laptop after selling your current one. Search for the product keys for the software installed on your device and back it up along with the data. This will enable you to reinstall it on your new computer. You can use a product key finding program for this purpose.
Wipe Away All Data
Once you’ve created backups for all your data, it’s time to erase it from your device for good. Wipe away your hard drive so that it’s clean and clear of any files that were on your laptop. These include licensed software. Erasing the data from your laptop ensures that the files are permanently deleted from it without any trace, and thus cannot be retrieved or accessed by a new user. Once you’ve cleared your hard drive, you can then format the device to restore factory settings.
Reinstall The Operating System
Having cleared your hard drive of all data, there will be nothing left on it including the operating system (OS). You can reinstall the OS on the device so that the buyer is able to use the computer easily when they receive your device.
Clean Your Device
Now that the internal storage, security, and functioning of your device is taken care of, it’s time to pay attention to its external appearances. Having cleaned the hard drive, you now need to clean up your laptop from the outside as well.
Start by switching off your device and turning it upside down. Next, gently shake your laptop so that any loose particles that may be stuck between the keys on your keyboard fall off. Use a cotton swab to wipe each and every surface of your device, starting from the display screen and moving along the keyboard. This will help eliminate smears, fingerprints, and dust. Don’t forget about the back of your device.
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