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Old 03-04-05, 08:07 PM
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Wipe hard drive software

I am donating a machine and need to really erase the data on the hard drive.

Have seen WipeDrivePro software, are there any other anyone recommends.

Just need to do more than the fdisk as I read it does not really get rid of the data.

Thanks.

JJ
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If you know who made your hard drive, a lot of time their support pages have programs that write zeros to the whole drive


IBM/Hitachi Drive Fitness Test

Maxtor PowerMax

Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic

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depends how paranoid your are

i once read up on a piece of software that was approved for use by the DoD and the standard for a clean wipe was a few formats. They said after one format there are still ways to find data. Something about shadows. And when you format it's supposed to go bit by bit and rewrite them.
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Formatting doesn't overwrite data, so the data is still there. Writing zeros to a drive wipes everything.
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Originally Posted by J_J
I am donating a machine and need to really erase the data on the hard drive.

Have seen WipeDrivePro software, are there any other anyone recommends.

Just need to do more than the fdisk as I read it does not really get rid of the data.

Thanks.

JJ
There are a number of items available for this purpose. I've used Killdisk to wipe off drive being donated before... http://www.killdisk.com/
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
depends how paranoid your are

i once read up on a piece of software that was approved for use by the DoD and the standard for a clean wipe was a few formats. They said after one format there are still ways to find data. Something about shadows. And when you format it's supposed to go bit by bit and rewrite them.
I have something similar to that at work that can do whole drives, or remove specific files. It would do multiple overwrite passes of various bit patterns so anything wouldn't be recoverable. I don't recall the name of it right now... For the OP's question, this would probably be excessive. A simple zero'ing out of the drive should be good enough.
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What do you need to erase?

Financial records or Jpegs of Questionable taste?
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Is there comparable software anyone can recommend for an old PowerMac 7200? I think it's running OS 7.6. I have a client's old machine to clean off.
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Another good program is Eraser. You can use the DoD standard of 7 passes and it also has an option to do 35 passes. You can get it at download.com http://www.download.com/Eraser/3000-...ml?tag=lst-0-7
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Killdisk is probably the most reliable and...the simplest.

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Old 03-06-05, 09:44 AM
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I have a maxtor drive and will check out their website for low level format info.

The Goodwill said they do not accept computers with operating systems installed so that is why I wanted to wipe the drive.

Thanks for the info.

JJ

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