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Hi Kiwilass,
When you say totally clean, are you referring to the internal cleaning or the external cleaning?

if its external...hmmmm not advisable
if its internal, then:

for IDE harddisk: Change the jumper settings to slave and slave it on another pc, power ON pc and look for that new drive, right click on it then select FORMAT.( dont do a quick format )

for sate: i think same goes with sata, just that, you dont need to change the jumper settings for it does not have one

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All hard drive manufacturers have utilities you can download from their web sites that will write all zeros to your hard drive from a bootup environment.

Then if you get a hold of a copy of Hiren's Boot CD, you boot to this from your CD/DVD drive and select Hard Drive utilites and there is a program called wipe disk.

A free program called GDISK, will wipe a drive according to DOD standards. It doesn't com with a boot loader you can use to boot from your CD/DVD drive, you need to use Nero Express to create a bootup disc using the built in boot image from Nero, add GDISK to it and then once you've booted up, you type the command
gdisk /?
And you will subsequently see command line codes to do a disk wipe. Through trial and error you'll get this right unless you are already comfortable with command line structure.

Hiren's is the best tool and invaluable to have around.
You can find the home page for it here.

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Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Want to sell computer, need

Search online for "free disk wipe" software. It will write "zero" data-bytes all over the disk-drive.
Or, remove the disk-drive, and take a sledge-hammer to it. The new owner probably would want to install a newer, bigger, warrantied, disk-drive, before they install an Operating System.

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