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    Erasing a hard drive securely and free!

    A spammer recently made a good point on safetly wiping your hard drives, however it was some paid software

    Im gonna sticky this for those who want to sell their hard drives, I really suggest you take the time to wipe your drives before you pass it on!

    Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

    If you have any other software you use please feel free to post it. Not you spammer boy!

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    Thanks, GZ. Good link.

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    I built up a computer for one of my kids by "dumpster diving", in a matter of speaking at my old cond. The dude just set them in the enclosure.

    Turned out the HDD's were from a collection agency. I had thousands of personal records.

    I called the agency, and the manager came over to see if I was serious. I thought he was going to have a heart attack.

    I reformatted the disks to wipe the information.

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    Been using Darik's for a while, but I've read that just about any other method or software is just fine. I think just zeros will work. Takes forever using advanced methods and rounds. Unless you have top secret stuff on there, I wouldn't bother with advanced wipe methods.

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    i've used that before!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckiechan View Post
    I built up a computer for one of my kids by "dumpster diving", in a matter of speaking at my old cond. The dude just set them in the enclosure.

    Turned out the HDD's were from a collection agency. I had thousands of personal records.

    I called the agency, and the manager came over to see if I was serious. I thought he was going to have a heart attack.

    I reformatted the disks to wipe the information.

    Doesn't pay to get too lazy!
    wow lol!!

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    I have 2 PC's im going to be selling and i want to make sure the old data that was on them is sufficently removed. I have already used the WIN XP disk to format the HDD. But before i put them up for bids i wanted to check with a more knowledgeable person to confirm that this is a safe method and if they should be ok to sell.

    Thanks

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    Run the boot and nuke disk in my link and you will be fine.

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    Kremlin 3.0 has a good wiper, and it's a great crypto tool too.

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    Unless I'm mistaken reformatting a HD is not a secure way to wipe a drive. It's akin to using empty trash, The allocation tables will allow new data to be written to those sectors but until then the deleted data is still there. There are unformat utilities out there.

    GroundZero turned me on to DBAN a while back. A nice feature is that you can wipe multiple drives at the same time. I wanted to start over on a RAID setup and I wanted to wipe 3 drives. All 3 drives only had a couple hundred hours of use max. I turned DBAN loose on them and about 10 min into the wipe there was an audible pop from within my tower and DBAN showed a fatal error. When I restarted DBAN only 2 drives were recognized. I have tried every utility I can think of that have always allowed me to recover a drive but not this time. Spinrite doesn't see the drive either. The drive does spool up but that is it. I have heard that Seagate had some firmware problems related to exactly this problem, of course Seagate denies it. I found directions to reflash the firmware but it involves you finding specific spots on the circuit board and attaching wires and doing the flash. I'm not exactly experienced in this kind of jerry rigged work. I think I'll try sending it back to Seagate first but I'm not holding my breath.
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    thanks 4 the quick response.
    after cleaning do i partition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartier49 View Post
    thanks 4 the quick response.
    after cleaning do i partition?
    This is your first Reply on the forums period, and the last reply before yours dates back to over 7 months ago. And the thread dates back from almost a year before that... "quick response"?

    even funnier yet, you had to type the Number Four instead of "for" and yet not a single other word was shortened...?



    Just a note, you don't need to partition the drive unless you plan on using it, otherwise there's no point to partitioning it if your pretty much done with it after cleaning.
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    correct then format the partitions.
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    may be with more people using SSD drives these days this sticky
    should be upgraded. if some one follows those steps to erase /format
    a SSD drive ,goodbye SSD

    just saying

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