I didn't want to piggy-back on the other thread since I'm not sure if my question is the same as the other OP's... Situation - CORRECTION - I'm upgrading from the present 40 gig, 4200 rpm, 2 MB cache, HDD in my old HP laptop to a new 250 gig, 5400 rpm, 8 MB cache, HDD. My intention is both because the 40 is too small to do a whole lot, and the new 5400 rpm/8 MG cache drive just 'might' be fast enough to handle putting Windows 7 Home Premium on my laptop along with my desktop so that I can at least have the same basic software (I'm about to put a new 500 gig HDD in my desktop also). The kicker is that since the old 40 gig HDD is at least still operable, yet too small to be anything but an emergency drive (and possibly some back up storage), I've been cleaning everything but the basic WinXP and some misc. programs off of it since I can get everything else I need from my desktop or the new HDD going into the laptop. Thus, using Crap Cleaner, I've "cleaned" the 40 gig drive after deleting everything I didn't want (leaving XP, MS Office, and numerous programs) using the 'Gutmann (35 passes)' method. I then Defragged the drive. However, after cleaning, defragging, and wiping ALL of the free space, I ran "Recuva" to see what files I'd find. And lo and behold I got "18,452 files", with approximately 1/4 - 1/3 of them listed as "Excellent" State of condition. My hope was that the unused portions/free space of the drive would in fact be "clean" in case I loaned the drive out or gave it away. That obviously isn't the case. Am I expecting too much from what Crap Cleaner claims to wipe clean??? Are there reasonable and 'no cost' alternatives to accomplish this? Thanks!