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By Tiancum ·
Is "Wipe Drive" software efficiant enough to clear ALL data from your hard drive including malware and all other memory contained on it? If Not, what is the BEST way of making a hard drive as clean as it was out of the factory?

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by glyall In reply to WipeDrive

yes it is if you wipe the drive at less 3 time (passes). I can wipe it up to 12 time

you need to use fdisk and format the drive to install a new OS

go to the following site for more info

good luck

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by Choppit In reply to WipeDrive

To make the drive as clean as new, you'd really need to perform a low level format using the manufacturers utilities, but it's not recommended. FDISK will allow you to remove the partitions, but won't achieve the above. Alternatively you can use data wiping tools to overwrite the data repeatedly. I use DBAN

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by wlbowers In reply to WipeDrive

To prevent data recovery it is recommended to write to the drive multiple times with random patterns.

There are several programs that will do this type of wipe.

Some are reported to work better than others. This page has a link to several.

Good Luck Lee

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by razz2 In reply to WipeDrive

The simple answer is yes, if used properly. And , the previous posted link to all of the securedelete programs list all very good utilities.

My choice for free utilities is the KillDisk utility. They have a free version, and a version that ..well... is not free.

DBAN is also good.

Good Luck,


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by seanmcpherson In reply to WipeDrive

The NSA uses Wipe Drive so I'd bet no one could get a thing off of it.

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