Complete Disk Wipe, reformat and OS change

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http://askubuntu.com – Please bare with me, I am very new to open source and have never used uBuntu before and as such may be asking basic questions, which I need to understand before preparing to download uBuntu. I have an old laptop, that I wish to rejuvinate, and I need to completely wipe the hard drive as well as reformat it and load a new Operating System. I have decided to move to uBuntu, and no longer use my MS products at all. This does leave me with some questions.If you could assist I would be most greatful. 1) I intend doing a 6 stage "zero & one" wipe, this would hopefully leave the hard drive c (HowTos)