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erasing hard drive?

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I'm not really sure if I am posting this in the correct place.
I have an old pc...with 98 on it. We haven't used it in some time. I really want to part with it. But before getting rid of it I would like to be sure all of our personal information is removed. We used it for banking, had family pictures and email on it.
I have hung on to it because I never knew how to clear the hard drive. Someone suggested that I take it out and smash it. I was sort of hoping for something a lil cleaner than that. Although, I don't care to ever use it again. So the easiest works too.
Any suggestions?
Thank you. :whistling:
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go to http://dban.sourceforge.net/ and follow their instructions for making a DBAN disk (either cd or floppy) place the disk in the drive and boot the computer....run the software at least once (twice if you're nervous more if you're parranoid) this will effectively wipe everything off the drive.

then if you happen to still have the windows disks you could reinstall windows 98 on the pc and donate the computer to a worthy cause (i actually know of a worthy cause...so don't throw the pc away yet..)
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