I thought I would do a quick follow up post regarding the last and most important point in my recent Here are 6 different ways to properly dispose of your old computer post. I talked about making sure that you format your hard drive before selling, giving away or properly disposing of your old computer.
Formatting your hard drive may sound like a very intimdating thing to do, especially if you don’t consider yourself “computer savvy”. I was going to write up a blog post about the different ways to format your hard drive, but I came across a great blog post that expains the process better than I could. Robin Harris has a great blog over at ZDNet and recently wrote about How to REALLY erase a hard drive. He first explains the process of formatting a hard drive and then provides a link to a free utility to get the job done. He also explains in detail how to use the Free Secure Erase Utility software. It is a great link to bookmark or print the page and save it for when you need it.