busy backing up at the moment before I get rid but it keeps asking me to insert the boot disc at start up a few times before doing a complete disc check where it finds lots of errors, loads windows but keeps crashing after about 5 mins, using it at the moment to get what I can before I repace it
why dont you repair XP with the repair console, and by doing this it will check the integrity of your disk. To boot up from the XP cd you will have to change your boot options in the BIOS. It just might save your drive.
It is very difficult to completely destroy data on a disk against professional recovery methods, but most people don't need that much security. In your case I would say re-format the drive, then remove the top cover and physically damage the disc platters as others have suggested. If you want to be really paranoid (like me) you could finish off by chucking it in a fire.
To behonest the real problem comes with hard discs that are to be re-sold, where the option of physical damage cannot be used.
thanks TERMINATOR but repair just kept resetting to the start, install, repair, etc., a disc scan gets to 42% then stops, left overnight and all the next day, so looks like a new disc, thanks for all suggestions on dealing with it, I will take it apart and customise??? it so it cannot be used again, mail thing is I have go off what I need, work stuff, mine and wifes's and daughters uni stuff (anyone with a teenage daughter will know that failure here would result in ww3) and sons gcse stuff so can now hammer away to my hearts content
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