Well, if you are dedicated to do this (we know it's your personal system right?) then you need to find out the make and model of the drive. Go to the drive manufacturer, not the laptop manufacturer's, site and get the drive specs and datasheets. In these docs you will find information on "Low Level Formating" the drive. Do this, make sure it formats the same numbers of blocks/sectors as the spec sheet says the drive has and - voila! Brand new clean drive. Also, some systems use a bios-triggerd system to send the data. On some of those systems, you can re-flash your bios with a compatible bios of the same type, without the protection.... Good Luck....

Soren