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Old December 13 2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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Best program to wipe hard drive clean

I know some folks posted some programs a few months back but I can't remember which ones they were. So does anyone have a program they have used for hard drive sanitization?
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Old December 13 2008, 08:26 PM   #2
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How about Darik's Boot And Nuke?

http://www.dban.org/
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Old December 13 2008, 09:08 PM   #3
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Thermite...Take some Aluminum powder (Extra Fine) and some Black Iron Oxide...Mix together. Add a sparkler to ignite above your computer. Stand back and say bye bye to hard drive...
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Old December 13 2008, 11:54 PM   #4
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Why not just re-format it?
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Old December 14 2008, 04:50 AM   #5
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Re: Best program to wipe hard drive clean

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Why not just re-format it?
Reformatting is not enough. All reformatting does is sever the connections between filenames and the registry. This data is then written over when new data is put in that same sector of the drive. What this means is that you have lots of retrievable data ripe for the plucking.

What file wiping does is overwrite that data multiple times with random strings of numbers so that it becomes much more difficult to obtain the old data. The U.S. government DoD used to have a Blowfish encryption (3 pass multiwipe). Now it's much more advanced, but a single file wipe of random numbers is usually sufficient.

I recommend Eraser. It's freeware, and spyware/malware/adware free. I've used it for years.

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Old December 14 2008, 06:29 PM   #6
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What are you doing with your computer that would warrant the need to absolutely wipe every last piece of data on it clean?
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Old December 14 2008, 07:15 PM   #7
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Re: Best program to wipe hard drive clean

I'm gonna go with "underage incestuous furry porn" for 500 Alex.
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Old December 15 2008, 01:15 PM   #8
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What are you doing with your computer that would warrant the need to absolutely wipe every last piece of data on it clean?
My computer is the focal point of every single piece of information that arrives in digital form. Medications, addresses, social security numbers, bank accounts, passwords, medical records, emails, private messages, and so on. It's just a smart thing to do to wipe it clean. Most data is not written sequentially. Even if you defragged your drive every day, there would still be data placed in random sectors.

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I'm gonna go with "underage incestuous furry porn" for 500 Alex.
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Old December 15 2008, 01:17 PM   #9
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So does anyone have a program they have used for hard drive sanitization?
A "zero-fill" utility downloaded from my HDD manufacturer's website.

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Old December 15 2008, 02:35 PM   #10
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Re: Best program to wipe hard drive clean

I use a program called Active KillDisk

http://www.killdisk.com/

works great
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Old December 15 2008, 04:17 PM   #11
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5 pound sledgehammer. New hard drives are cheap.....

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Old December 15 2008, 04:59 PM   #12
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use a degausser on it..
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Old December 15 2008, 06:27 PM   #13
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Thermite...Take some Aluminum powder (Extra Fine) and some Black Iron Oxide...Mix together. Add a sparkler to ignite above your computer. Stand back and say bye bye to hard drive...

want a computer-shaped hole in your floor? Yeah, didn't think so.

Yeah, steer clear of thermite, mmkay?

I like AVG free (since it doesn't cost anything and works great!)

I also love my Norton - picks up on intrusions like *snap* that

Spybot Search & Destroy (not free)

Perfect Disk - ultimate defragger and free space consolidator (not free)

Advanced Windows Optimizer - lots of nifty tools to clean and tweak (again, not free)
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Old December 18 2008, 01:51 PM   #14
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Thermite...Take some Aluminum powder (Extra Fine) and some Black Iron Oxide...Mix together. Add a sparkler to ignite above your computer. Stand back and say bye bye to hard drive...
...and quite possibly table!
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Old December 19 2008, 03:21 AM   #15
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This is definitely the most fool-proof way of securing a hard drive. I have used it many times.

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