HDD wipe on restart

By H3llion ยท 9 replies
Jul 29, 2011
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  1. Title is quite limited so here is my question.

    Is there are good program out there which when turned on would wipe my whole boot drive clean once restarted?

    Really need this sort of program just in case I would ever need it. Have TrueKrypt set up and protecting all my HDD's and my SSD atm ^^
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Try CCleaner, it has a drive wiping facility that has several diffeent levels that you can choose.


    Also, most of the hard drive diagnostics boot discs provided by the various hard drive manufacturers have the facility to wipe the drive.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,377   +286

    Cheers mark, already had CCleaner but didn't know it had that feature hehe :p Thanks btw :)
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I've always found the idea of them to be pretty risky really. What if you accidently wiped your install on rebooting it?

    I find the best solution is an encrypted partition, containing whatever it is you need to keep secure. A correctly encrypted partition is perfectly safe for whatever you can throw at it.
  5. odriscoll27

    odriscoll27 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    hi leeky,

    What would be the best app to use to encrpyt a partition? I do have Partition Magic so i can split my laptop HDD and use one part to keep files safe etc but would CCleaner do the same as i do have this on a Flash drive somewhere as well

  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I use Linux in-built solutions for my disk encryption needs James, so I would go with Mark's advice as I'm mainly into my Linux these days. :)
  8. odriscoll27

    odriscoll27 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    thanks for the help guys appreciated :)
  9. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Your welcome.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I know this doesn't really answer your question, but, it accomplishes the same goal if someone busts in your door and you need to delete your data real quick.

    Go to 5:45 into Episode 3 of The Broken (or 6:23 if you don't like Dr. Dre). http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3497326744612299737

    Edit: This is a bad idea if you can't get the device outside immediately :) Also, for our younger readers, there is alcohol consumption and some adult language in the clip, watch with parental permission :D

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