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How do I get the most money out of this busted laptop?

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Laptop corner started opening up when lifting monitor. Now "cannot find OS" on bootup. I want to make sure I wipe all my data before I sell it. Any ideas? Maybe download and burn an OS, boot from drive, then do something? Any good places to sell busted laptops. Screen is fine, keyboard works, charges fine. Just maybe the hard drive is messed up. THANK YOU!
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Laptop corner started opening up when lifting monitor. Now "cannot find OS" on bootup. I want to make sure I wipe all my data before I sell it. Any ideas? Maybe download and burn an OS, boot from drive, then do something? Any good places to sell busted laptops. Screen is fine, keyboard works, charges fine. Just maybe the hard drive is messed up. THANK YOU!

see if you can see the hard drive in the bios, maybe it has unplugged a little with the case changing shape (opening at the corner) and not making good contact anymore

if it's visible in bios maybe try removing the hard drive out, and plug it into a usb3 enclosure.
something like:
http://www.newegg.com/global/au/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0PG0GP2269&cm_re=usb_3.0_2.5%22_enclosure-_-9SIA0PG0GP2269-_-Product

then plug it into your pc and see if you can see it (check disk manager if it doesn't show in explorer straight away).

if the hard drive isn't busted, you could wipe it from there and put it back and reinstall os.
also if you plug it into the pc, you can copy lots of data that's not private onto it, fill it up, then format, to make it harder for your old data to be recovered (although a format (non-quick) should be enough).
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