Can I erase everything on my computer?

I'll sell my computer, but want to clear the memory of my files and passwords. How can I do?

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Reinstalling the operating system will take care of MOST of the problem, but to be completely safe, you need to replace the hard drive.

See the following quote from a wikipedia article

"Similarly, formatting, repartitioning or reimage a system is not always guaranteed to write in all areas of the disk.

http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_remanence

I think the same if you do a clean reinstall of your OS, a skilled hacker could still recover some of your data.

See these discussions really scary:

http://social.answers.Microsoft.com/forums/en-us/xpfiles/thread/5403ea2b-C295-45BC-85cd-8fab794e08aa

http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/t692486-format-vs-removing-data.html

If you can't replace your hard drive, then you might want to try a file shredder:

http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/472544-what-best-file-shredder.html

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