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Old 01-16-2010, 08:05 PM   #1
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I have a HDD that needs to be completely wiped and not just formatted. It has sensitive material that I would like to disappear and never be accessed again.

It is 1 40gb HDD and I need some software to pretty much put it in it's original state from when I bought it.

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Old 01-17-2010, 01:14 AM   #2
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:P formatting it is wiping it. I'm sure you can still get some of the data back, but after fomatting it a program like GetDataBack (what I use) wont get it back. They only work if your computer crashes or a boot sector goes bad. to totally wipe it you can pop in a Windows OS cd and reinstall. That means formatting it and deleting all of the partitions as well.

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Old 01-17-2010, 01:43 AM   #3
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DBAN is the way to go. Just run 3 passes should be plenty. Google DBAN.

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:P formatting it is wiping it. I'm sure you can still get some of the data back, but after fomatting it a program like GetDataBack (what I use) wont get it back. They only work if your computer crashes or a boot sector goes bad. to totally wipe it you can pop in a Windows OS cd and reinstall. That means formatting it and deleting all of the partitions as well.

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Formatting in that way will NOT wipe the drive. Just an FYI. It will simply tell the HDD that "any info past this point (beginning of drive or partition being formatted) can be OVERWRITTEN". He needs that info deleted, not just flagged to be overwritten.
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:48 AM   #4
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Don't listen to Dude! Just reinstall Windows!

Nah, I'm kidding. Didn't know about DBAN though. Thank for the info
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:01 AM   #5
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Normally, I'd just say to reformat normally, but he said he has sensitive data, so if he wants it truly gone for good, that'll do it.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:27 AM   #6
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If you truly want the drive info to be inaccessible, take it out back and beat it to a pulp with a sledge hammer.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:30 AM   #7
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Indeed, I'll second that AR. If it's really really important material that is life or death, do the above.
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:03 AM   #8
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what about magnets? lol
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Get the brand name off the drive and go to that website. Get the drive setup software. Run the recertify section of the software. It will write all zero's to all of the sectors.
You want it gone? That's the way to do it.
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Yup. DBAN has a tool for that, too, IIRC.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:06 AM   #11
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Open up the hard drive, remove the platter/s and subject them to a very high magnetic field (degauss). Then cut the platter/s up.

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You want to re-use the drive? Don't do the above.
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:00 PM   #12
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Ya I want to give the drive to someone else who needs one, but need it wiped before I can give it to them.

Or else I would drill a hole through it and make sure it didn't run haha.
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By far the best way to make it inaccessible is to take a shotgun to it. Did that to my brother's whole old system recently.

But if you still want to use the drive then DBAN will work fine with 3 passes. Crap if you really want to you can do 99 passes, but that is way too redundant.
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:18 PM   #14
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Thanks guys
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No problem. Let us know if you have any troubles!
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I will get to it in about a week or so haha
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