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Securely Wipe Hard Drive

Postby ksee on Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:20 pm

Any recommendations on a good tool to securely erase sensitive data off hard disk?
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Postby clem on Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:23 pm

I heard magnets and drills were good.. I successfully yet unintentionally wiped data on my previous HDD like that... :?

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more seriously: ah sorry.. I don't really know.
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Postby ksee on Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:37 pm

I guess I should have stated "non-destructive tools". :lol:

A magnet and a screwdriver eh? Would like to hear the whole story on that one. :P
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Postby clem on Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:43 pm

Oh no, not a screwdriver.. a drill. I was happily drilling my fireplace (as you do, you know) and didn't know about the fact that the rotation of the drill bit created uber-magnetic fields..

... thankfully my HDD was there to educate me on that.

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the HDD was under guaranty so it's OK, I now have a beautiful fireplace and am still happily leaving ever-after :)
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Postby ksee on Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:53 pm

Yes, I meant drill...

Glad to hear all turned out well. 8)
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Postby ksee on Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:04 pm

I found a great tool, exactly what I was looking for. :D

It is called Darik's Boot & Nuke or DBAN. There is another program called wipe, but from what I read it's not as thorough.

For anyone interested:

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

Newsforge article:

DBAN is powerful stuff and has been used by US federal agencies, such as the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), to prepare machines for disposal.


http://software.newsforge.com/article.p ... 4&from=rss
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Postby skampo on Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:53 am

I have always counted on killdisk myself.
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Postby Alephcat on Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:38 am

Dban is what we use here at work, as far as I remember wipe is a little windows program for deleting individual files
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