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Format hard drive for disposal of computer

I've got the computer from hell, and am wanting to get rid of it, but want to eliminate data that is on it from my years of use. However, in trying to format the hard drive I get a message that says" Drive C: is currently in use by another process. Aborting Format.
Now what do I do?

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You can format it using the Win98 boot disk..Inser the disk->Resart->choose start computer with cdrom support and type fdiskformat hard drive for disposal of computer - moz-screenshot.jpg...
The fdisk utility will open and you can format following onscreen intructions..
Let me know if you need more help regarding this..

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