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shomenno
07-11-2007, 07:02 PM
Hi

I am selling my old computer and need to secure erase all data on the hard drive. It has Windows XP on it so I can't use the DOS based program I used to use prior to having this computer.

Can anyone give me pointers how I can secure erase the hard drive?

Thanks, shomenno

Ferg
07-11-2007, 07:19 PM
Have a look at this (http://dban.sourceforge.net/)free download, wipes the hard drive entirely.

Nothing is as sure as a hammer through the drive, and throwing the drive in the sea, but this way is as secure as you will need and a bit more environmentally friendly.

PaulD
07-11-2007, 07:19 PM
I would wipe everything and reinstall XP. I doubt that you'd need to do more than a simple "0"s overwrite.

TGoddard
07-11-2007, 09:03 PM
The best tool for securely removing data from a hard drive is the GNU shred tool. This is what the DBAN disk uses but that disc makes it incredibly easy to use. The techniques used in that tool were invented by Peter Guttman, one of New Zealand's top academics in IT.

drcspy
08-11-2007, 12:08 AM
funny thing but a program called

ERASER


does exactly what you want and it's free........google will find it...

apsattv
08-11-2007, 12:26 AM
ERASER will make nuke boot floppy.

robsonde
08-11-2007, 08:34 AM
have a read of the FAQ on data destruction....

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

everyone has there own program to recomend but they will all remove the data in a way that will be fine for your needs.

Agent_24
08-11-2007, 09:44 AM
Simple zero fill will be good enough, unless you're selling the PC to the FBI and they know you used to have illegal documents on there

Bantu
08-11-2007, 10:26 AM
How to REALLY erase a hard drive
http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=129

I use Active Kill Disk to wipe any drives prior to selling.

Espresso_Addict
08-11-2007, 01:48 PM
I'd suggest paragon Disk Wiper 7.0 followed very closely by an acetylene torch. In conjunction you will get 100% security

TGoddard
09-11-2007, 09:57 AM
I'd suggest paragon Disk Wiper 7.0 followed very closely by an acetylene torch. In conjunction you will get 100% security

You don't need to erase it then - the torch will heat the platter well above the Curie point!