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Wipe hard drive - Darik's Boot and Nuke?

By ruthanrodeo
Aug 9, 2009
  1. Has anyone used this software before? I was looking into freeware for hard drive data destruction (I'm selling my notebook), and I came across this. Has anyone used it, or can verify its reliability?
     
  2. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,980   +11

  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I'm partial to Eraser. Very thorough, and very efficient.

    I would however recommend that if you store sensitive data such as bank account details or work files, wipe the HDD and destroy it physically. That is the only surefire way IMO.
     
  4. ruthanrodeo

    ruthanrodeo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the thoughts! My bank information has never been in files located on my hard drive, just accessed via the internet. Is there any way to erase that data, or would Eraser do that?
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I am not too sure of that. You may want to ask jobeard or someone else over at the Security forums about it.
     
  6. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,980   +11

    Overkill ?

    A bit of an overkill, Rage_3K_Moiz ?

    Why bother to wipe it, if you plan to use a hammer !
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Just to make sure that nothing can be recovered. I'm pretty paranoid about this after finding out about former friends who offer to "fix" HDDs (usually by replacing the head and PCB with new ones) and also end up imaging the client's HDDs to sift through.

    I usually open up the drive and sandpaper the platters until they are completely dull.
     
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