clean out hard drive permanently--how to?


Old 07-30-04, 07:50 PM
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clean out hard drive permanently--how to?

Dear Folks, I have an old computer to give away/ donate to local charity but first I want it clean. Is there a "control--alt--something" that I can do to wipe out everything in the machine's hard drive? I think I did it a few years ago due to a virus and would like to wipe this boy clean. Thanks in advance, QR
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Old 07-30-04, 07:59 PM
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You can install an operating system on it. It will format the entire drive and build the files for the installation. This would be especially true if you formatted for a file type different from the original use. That is, format for NTFS when FAT32 had been used.
Old 07-30-04, 09:47 PM
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Go here:

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Couple good free programs to wipe the drive.

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