Ive got an old laptop which was infected a couple of years ago. We never got around to cleaning it and just left it in storage. Recently a friend of mine asked me to loan him any spare laptop I might have. I am thinking of cleaning out my laptop and and giving it to him. There are several issues: 1) I have lost the recovery disks. There might be a recovery partition on the main drive which I can use to restore the OS. My question is what are the chances that the malware could have penetrated the recovery partition and infected the image of the OS stored in there? 2) The recovery partition can be used to create a recovery disk during boot-up. What are the chances malware might get on the disk if attempt to create the recovery disk while the system is still infected? 3) What is a good free wiping tool I can use to securely erase the entire drive? I'm thinking a DOD wipe should do the trick. Thanks.