If partition my HD will that make my data unrecoverable?

Hi, ii had appeared I was headed for divorce so I had been visiting sites to find how I could win custody of my kids. I had also been texting lawyers, & on advice keeping a journal of my wife's chaotic behavior. She has since been through treatment & we have been in counselling together. We have reconcilied & I do not want her to find this data .. I realize forensic tools could probably find this but that dosent apply here.
Will partitioning, reformatting, & reinstalling is OS & other software hide it?

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Clarification Request
(NT) Sorry for shoddy proofreading
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Re: data

It's enough to erase the files you want to become unrecoverable. The securely delete options in ccleaner (free download from should be fine. No need for anything more drastic as reformatting and reinstalling.


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Some data recovery programs

Some data recovery programs can even recover from bad sectors and deleted partitions, but securing deleting the data via third party app might be good.

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Let's cost out a new 500GB HDD for a laptop?

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