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Reformat Hard Drive


I have just bought another dell computer. My old one works ok and i would like to donate it to a charity. For security reasons, i would like to re-format the old hard drive so no confidential information can be accessed. Can someone please tell me how to do this to clean the hard drive for this purpose? I think i have to log in as administrator but not sure how to do this either. Can someone help please?

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