wipe out a hdd

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  1. Trusteft

    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    any software to do this within windows?
    Better if it is free, but if it isn't and it isn't expensive, that will do too.
    For a secure erase of data on a whole drive.
    Preferably something you have used or know someone who has used before.
     
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    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    If memory serves BartPE has a secure erase feature.
    There's also a guide on geekswithblogs that uses a BAT file to secure erase a disk.
     
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    Diskpart's "Clean ALL" is the closest thing i've come across to a low level format done using the drives manufacturers own utility to do it.

    Load command prompt as admin.

    Code:
    diskpart
    
    list disk
    
    Select disk #
    
    Clean all
    Make certain you select the PROPER disk based on it's number.... diskpart will instantly ruin your system and the drive's data if you incidentally select a drive you don't want to clean.

    the Clean All fully wipes the data of the drive, writing 0's to the drive... as well as completely resetting the drive to an uninitialized mode.

    There are other programs that could do the same job that you'd need to download.... I know some people that insist on wiping the drive with diskpart's clean all... then filling the drive to capacity with garbage and then performing it again to mostly guarantee that any data on it is unrecoverable.


    It is NOT advised to use clean all function on an SSD...... however it is permitted on hybrid and standard hardrives. If you have a SSD... it is required to use the secure erase function of the respected manufacturer usually.
     
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    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    I am trying ot use the program now but for some reason when I choose the option for anything over simple overwrite, all drives are greyed out and unable to check them. Any idea why?

    Interesting enough, it shows that all my drives are SSDs, when only 2 are. I wonder if the problem is with them being plugged in through USB 3.0
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    Unfortunately for some reason it just doesn't let me pick any drive if I choose anything over Simple Overwrite. Weird.
    Thanks for the help guys.
     
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    A bit late perhaps but if it's just a partition you need to wipe or some files on a drive, or the empty space wiped, I'd recommend Eraser which is a free software. You can select different kinds of wipes.

    If you're gonna wipe an entire drive I'd say use dban
     

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