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1) On wiping the hard drive clean, is XP any different than Windows 98 ? Someone told me one cannot wipe out the info just by putting in the disk & doing it the same as 98? Could someone explain?

2) On System restore, why is it that if I click on days it will not restore, I THOUGHT any day I click on would take it back in time, point being I installed a program, it will not un install, therefore I want to back step to restore with the thought that It will take the machine back in time??? Help!

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98 is way before my time with computers. To wipe a drive you need software which will repetitively write ones and zeroes to all of it. It's out there. Some firewall apps include it as a tool. But why would you wish to do that if not to hide tracks? Certainly, a new installation does not demand it. It is a lengthy waste of time, unless the FBI is after you.
Quick format: erases the file allocation table. That's it. But without forensic tools, the files are for all purposes lost, even though stil on the disk. A new installation will not see them.
Full format: does the same, plus checks the integrity of the disk surface.. eg with chkdsk.
Restore. Your sys should make a restore point [if set to make them] whenever you attempt to install software [ ie the point is made so that you can roll back to the previous state if necessary; it is made before the installation proceeds]. Otherwise, not all days have a "just for the fun of it" point made... the sys must be idle before it will do it, plus you must have enough disk space allocated to Sys Restore.

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As far as a format is considered XP and 98 are the same and work as mentioned above by Gerbil...
If you normally delete a file or format the HDD data can be recovered intact as long as it has not been replaced by some other data on that sector of the HDD, A HDD wipe on the other hand removes all traces from the HDD and the data is lost forever...
A recommended tool for wiping clean the HDD is Darik's Boot And Nuke, it has various methods for wiping a HDD which may vary from say 2 hrs to even 12+ hrs for a 120 GB HDD....

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