Best software to ABSOLUTELY clean a hard drive?

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  1. DaIceMan

    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    Hey all... just wondered if anyone had used any good software to completely, totally, without a doubt, clean a hard drive? One of my clients has just bought new machines is going to donate their old machines, but they need to be sure all the data is gone. I usually have hard drives fail well before I ever think of getting rid of them for future use.

    suggestions please. kthxbye
     
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    DaveyD Fuck Ohio State, son

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    killdisk has worked well for me in the past.
     
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    run that, i usually run that, then install a clean install of windows, then run it again then install a linux distro then run it once more.

    That way no one can restore back to when i actually had anything worth looking at on the drive.
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    I've never approached this from a DOD standard but what I used to do is use partition magic to wipe out the old file structure, install a new one, then install a new OS then repeat the process to get back to a clean install.

    Simply deleting a file isn't secure enough but my question is, is replacing the file structure (NTFS) with a different one (EXT3) sufficient??
     
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    depends on how badly whoever wants the data. As per the DoD standard, as long as it's been overwritten 8 times, they consider that secure enough.

    I've used Killdisk before as well, it's done it's job.

    http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
     
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    I used DBAN.
     
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    format, write/overwrite to the drive 8 times, use large magnet
     
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    jmechy Calmer then you are.

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    Best option is to download UBCD and use DBAN on it. Lots of methods to choose from on there including some VERY powerful stuff, and also very easy to use.
     
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    The only way to completely wipe a hard drive is to physically destroy it. People with the right equipment will always be able to recover things cleaned with software methods. I don't quite understand it myself, but apparently there's still patterns and such in the data, even after numerous passes.
     
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    yes, doing a mri on a hard drive is cool.
     
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    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    either c:\> format

    or

    install a new hard drive.
     
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    I read about a gadget that the Navy, if I remember right, uses to delete hard drives.

    It's some mammoth electro magnet that is so powerful that it actually bends the platters
    of the hard drive just from the magnetic force that it applies.

    Might be a bit pricey for something like that though.

    :mamoru:
     
  21. myspoonsbigger

    myspoonsbigger i has the cape, i make the fucking woosh noises

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    i use a linux gentoo live disk to 0 my drives
     

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