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07-30-2011 11:46 AM
If you are using a standalone retail copy of Windows and don't want to preserve anything on the hard drive then use Killdisk(it's a freebie) to wipe the hard drive. This will remove all partitions including the recovery partition. Windows 7 does have a format option that can also be used.
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