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I have a tower computer that I want to donate but I do not know how to remove the memory or hard drive so that I do not send what could be personal information along with it.

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Just go to the start button, all programs, accessories, and click on the command prompt. At the c; prompt in the window, type the following:
Format C:
answer all of the questions with "yes"
This will totally wipe the hard drive of all info.
If you have the original installation disks, you may want to give them to the new owners. It will make it easier to reload the operating system and drivers.

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