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remove all my data off my PC. As i am giving it away to someone else and dont know alot about these technical things. But have had my computer for about five or six years and so it will have a lot of information such as, account no, ect, and will want rid, of all traces, of any of my details. Left on this computer when handing it over.

Any help please <_<
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Easiest way is to go to the website of your hard drive manufacturer and download their "low-level" formatting tool. This will fill the entire drive with zero's. A very advanced user could still recover some data with enough time and the right tools. (However, it's probably not worth their time and money) :D

Here's a free program that claims to erase a drive to military specifications: http://staff.washing...ve/install.html

There's actually quite a few data wiping programs, but again with enough time and money, it's almost impossible to complete erase a hard drive (see scanning, tunneling microscope). For complete security you must physically destroy the hard drive and platter(s). <_<
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