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Removing data and restoring computer


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I need some advice on securly deleting personal data off of my hard drive. I have a store bought system, that came with windows xp home pre installed on it. it came with a recovery partition, but no os disk. I had upgraded this system to another larger hard drive, and just copied the old hard drive contents over to the new one. I am now getting ready to sell this system, and want to make sure all of my personal data is gone before I do. I have three or four questions concerning how to do this.

If I was to use the recovery partition to take this back to original factory settings, would this delete all the data on the drive?(considering that the new drive is 200 gb/original drive was 40gb)

Is there a file shredder program that will delete all the contents, but still allow me to keep the factory settings?

Could I shred the hard drive, then use a different xp disk to reinstall xp on a compaq system?

what would be a good file shredder program to use?(free is best for me)

Thanks again for any help.

Jim
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