I know someone on this board will know how to do this. My wife wants to give away one of our old computers to some poor kid at the school she works at. I used to keep all of my confidential client files on that computer and also did a lot of web browsing to places like Glock Talk and to sniper sites, etc. Discovery of that kind of thing would not go down well at the school my wife works at. The computer had bc wipe installed and I did the 7 pass DOD standard wipe. Then I reinstalleed the Operating System with the recover disks supplied by HP. The reinstallation asks if you want to reformat the hard drive and lose all info and data. I said yes. The reinstallation completed, the registration screen comes up. Imagine my surprise when most of the initial fields are already filled out - with the name Richard Milhous Nixon and the address as San Clemente, California. This is how I register almost all my computers for the simple reason that I don't trust Microsoft or anyone else. Same thing happened with the registration screen for the MusicMatch jukebox software. The computer was not hooked up to the internet when this happened. Anyway, it is apparent to me that not all the data on the hard drive was removed completely. How do I complete wipe the hard drive but get it to work enough to spin the cd drive to reinstall the Operating Software from scratch? Thanks.