I have an old computer I want to recycle but I want to reformat the hard drive first. The machine, however, doesn’t seem to want its brain wiped out because everything I’ve tried isn’t letting me do it.
Is there any way to either boot to DOS instead of Windows (I seem to remember Win98 had that option but can’t seem to find it in XP) or a way of reformatting through Windows itself?
Failing that, if I reinstall Windows (by some miracle I do have the Windows CD that came with the machine) is that good enough to erase my personal files?
It’s Windows XP Home, SP3, if that makes a difference.