My nieghbor got a new computor for Xmas and put his old one out for the trash man yesterday. It is about 3 years old, A pionex (microcenter). It has a 20 G hard drive that he tells me still works. The problem is, his kids down loaded all kinds of crap on it and he can't get it running. He doesn't know much about computers and viruses and spyware. Any way, he gave it to me. I would like to completely wipe the hardrive and use it as a back up for pictures and things like that. How does one go about wiping a harddrive completely clean? From what he tells me all of his stuff is on it, but he can't get the computor to run. I fired it up and it takes about 15 minutes to get to the windows XP desk top and you can't get any of the programs to work. I am just interested in clearing the hard drive to use as a slave or back up.