Help formatting hard drive

How do I completely format a hard drive so all history is completely erased. I want to sell the hard drive but I don't want anything to be found on it (private documents etc) Also can it be formatted without having to put an OS on it.

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  De Marcus™ 20:08 28 Sep 2005
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:11 28 Sep 2005

Killdisk click here

  Totally-braindead 18:48 29 Sep 2005

Yes you can format it without putting an OS on it. Have a look at the website of the hard drive manufacturer, many do a download which will format and write to all parts of the disk, it does take a while to run but will make it unrecoverable.

  007al 19:26 29 Sep 2005

also,if you have a system up and running...put the hard drive in it and right click on it in "my computer". in there,you have the option to format or quick format...if you`re selling it,i would sugest the longer formatting.it will also check the disc for faults.(hope i made sense!)

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