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barryk
12-02-2006, 08:54 PM
Is it possible to wipe an old hard disk's data? I read something that said there was Norton's WipeDisk program available to do this job but I don't want to pay too much $ to do this.

Are there other programs that can do this job?

The old hard disk is awaiting a clean before it gets retired.

Thanks in advance,
Barry.

Phil B
12-02-2006, 09:09 PM
If you're not worried about how many passes it does, i use dbans autonuke. you'll find it here (http://software.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/09/14/178204&tid=79&tid=132)

robsonde
12-02-2006, 09:23 PM
all the info you need and more....

http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=48697

Prescott
12-02-2006, 09:43 PM
Sledgehammer ;)

mark c
12-02-2006, 09:54 PM
If you're going to retire the drive why don't you just do as Prescott says, if you're worried about data on it being recovered. If not why not just biff it.

Phil B
12-02-2006, 09:57 PM
personally i think a wood splitter would do it better. but i thought you lot were technical

mark c
12-02-2006, 10:02 PM
Wood splitter /log splitter is a good idea. Got a friend who's got one that does 31 tonnes and we've all being thinking of things we could do with it but hadn't occurred to me it would be a good pulveriser of old HDs too. :D

DangerousDave
12-02-2006, 11:04 PM
Basically most algorithms essentially goes over every sector several times, chances of recovering any data are nearly zero. No one is going to get the data unless they have a lot of time and are very dedicated. And I mean, very dedicated.

As someone said before use: http://dban.sourceforge.net

zahmad
13-02-2006, 12:10 AM
Basically most algorithms essentially goes over every sector several times, chances of recovering any data are nearly zero. No one is going to get the data unless they have a lot of time and are very dedicated. And I mean, very dedicated.

As someone said before use: http://dban.sourceforge.net

I believe he want's to reuse the drive (clean), not get data from it :thumbs:

ojos
14-02-2006, 07:53 PM
we have the best method ever.

We use a blow torch to melt it into a pot

we then put it through a metal destructor

and then radiate it with x rays

This does seem to do the trick

bob_doe_nz
14-02-2006, 08:09 PM
and then radiate it with x rays
How are the 'twins' doing down there afterwards? ;)

kingdragonfly
14-02-2006, 08:31 PM
Speaking of things not to do, have you ever seen what a CD does in the microwave? Kids, don't try this at home.

Speaking of DBAN's claim, I'm doubtful it's was ever used by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to prepare machines for disposal.

Never used DBAN, but it looks good otherwise.

bob_doe_nz
14-02-2006, 09:38 PM
I've used DBAN, I haven't tried to recover data deleted by DBAN to test its claim though.