I'm preparing to sell my toshiba

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I'd like to sell my toshiba satellite a85.  It's a 2005 version and I
upgraded it a bit to 768mb.  2 questions:

1.  How can i figure out how much it's worth?

2.. What is the best way to remove/delete my files from the hard
drive?  I do not have, cannot find, to my knowledge never had the
system recovery disks.  If it came w/ the computer it's gone now as
far as I can figure so i'm not sure where to go from here.

Thanks in advance

Re: I'm preparing to sell my toshiba

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eBay will give you a good idea of what it's worth - lately a85's seem to go
for $200-300.

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It's possible there is a recovery partition on the laptop that would permit
a new owner to recover the operating system and the original pre-installed
software if any. The instruction manual should provide that info or you
should be able to see the recovery partition using Windows Disk Management.
I use Eraser to remove files completely from my hard drive. Not sure if
there's something better for wiping an entire partition.

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