formatting a laptop

  patrticia-255376 22:21 04 Feb 03

I've had a laptop on loan for a year and a half, and now have to return it. I'm very aware that my personal details will be on there. I know i can delete files that i know i have saved, but there will be other stuff on there that i cant see.

I want to format the hard drive or the next best thing to be happy that no information will remain on it. It is Windows 98 SE and i have no manual.

Please could someone explain how i could clean the computer. maybe i could leave Win 98 on there but think that won't be good enough.

Many thanks

  VoG™ 22:28 04 Feb 03

Here's an explanation. Please read from start to finish before doing anything click here

P.S. It is my understanding that experts can extract information even from a formatted drive. However unless you've been really naughty or have state secrets on board, formatting should be sufficient.

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