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By jeremy ·
I'm looking for a good disk wiping utility for my hard disk. Does anyone know of a free utility I could use to wipe the disk. Also, how many passes should it make and what key should I use. Thanks.

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by aksmile In reply to Disk Wiping Utility

You might want to check the website for the manufacturer of your hard drive. Most offer downloads for writing zeros or "wiping" the drive. In addition, the utility may offer other diagnostic tests as well that can be useful. Hope this helps and good luck.

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by daddydold52 In reply to Disk Wiping Utility

Most disk manufacturers have utilities avl to wipe their hard drives. Go to your manufacturers web site, and download the latest disk utilities. What I found best is to write all 0's to the drive. Hope this helps!

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by dmiles In reply to Disk Wiping Utility

See the following site
http://www.thefreecountry.com/security/securedelete.shtml
Free Secure Delete / Wipe Files / Wipe Disk / Destructive Delete
Eraser Secure Data Removal Tool
Eraser is a Windows utility that allows you to securely erase files, file slack space or cluster tips (the space that is not occupied by the data in a file, but nonetheless allocated to that file by the operating system), Windows virtual memory swap file, unused space on a hard disk, or an entire hard disk or floppy disk or Zip disk or the like. It is able to wipe data using pseudo-random data (or any combination of data that you specify), any number of times you wish (eg, once, or using the US Department of Defense (DOD) recommendations of either 3 times or 7 times, or the Gutmann recommendation of 35 times, etc). It is also able to erase the filenames in the directories for files you delete. The program is open source and works under Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP


Darik's Boot and Nuke
Darik's Boot and Nuke is a utility that you use when you want to completely obliterate all your data in all your hard disks and their partitions. It comes in the form of a bootable floppy disk or a bootable CDROM image (you download whichever you prefer), complete with an operating system (Linux) and the Boot and Nuke utility. Once you boot up that floppy (or CDROM), the utility will proceed to destroy all your data in every partition of every hard disk. The site says that it is designed for bulk or emergency data destruction. (It is probably also useful in less dramatic cases, such as when you want to wipe your disks prior to giving your computer away to someone

Wipe Secure File Deletion
Wipe, a secure file wiping tool for Linux, destructively deletes files by overwriting its data using a pseudorandom data. It is open source

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