About 6 months ago, I retired my old XP desktop in favor of a 17" laptop. The old machine is taking up space and needs to go. Before I lug it to the basement, there are some files that need to be erased, lest some unscrupulous recycler attempt to profit from my info. I use WSA to dispose of sensitive files on the new laptop but I don't have that installed on my old box. Short of tearing the hard drive out and drilling holes into it, is there a fairly reliable, easy way to permanently erase the files using (free) software?
Thanks for any suggestions.