Go to the drive manufacturer's web site and download their diagnostics utility for the drive. Most will make you a bootable diskette. You can perform a full diagnostics to ensure it's condition and/or attempt to recover bad sectors. You should be able to do a destructive test that writes zeros to all locations as well. This will remove the Linus partition(s) and make the drive all free space as it would have come origionally.
Presently the drive is in a P3 with a dual boot of Suse 9.1 pro and Windows SE. I'll need the whole drive and want it to be partitioned and formatted properly so I can slave it to my P4 drive which has XP Pro to copy files off so I can reinstall XP. Somehow I doubt all I'll have to do is right click the drive in Explorer and choose format from within XP.