Deep delete of HDs

Hi All,

The company I work for is selling part of it's IS infrastructure to the highest commercial bidder. This could well turn out to be a competitor and so to 'tick' the risk-assessments etc. I have to come up with a way of formatting the server HDs beyond all economical data recovery.

Are there any tools that would do this? Preferrably free-ware, but would consider paying for a tool if it's the only option.

Or, is replacing all server HDs the only way to truly 'tick' the box?

Thanks

Jell
LVL 12
James ElliottManaging DirectorAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

workgaCommented:
safeerase by O&O software
0
RoachDCommented:
DBAN baby.. thats all you neeed.

Free and beatifull.... check it out...

http://dban.sourceforge.net/
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
RoachDCommented:
Here's a another one that I've used....

http://www.linux-kurser.dk/secure_harddisk_eraser.html

0
The Ultimate Tool Kit for Technolgy Solution Provi

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy for valuable how-to assets including sample agreements, checklists, flowcharts, and more!

MarkCommented:
After doing the Dban format you can check your handywork with the Helix forensic tool to see if there is anything left on the disk.
http://www.e-fense.com/helix/

FYI-->Dban will require 7 passes of formatting and can take quite awhile. Up to 18hrs for a 120 GB drive.

Here is an article with links to various softwares for the job.
http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/software/page5726.cfm
0
nobusCommented:
agreed with the above, but for most the zero fill of the manufs diag is good enough too.
Dban and the others run VERY long.
Pick your choice : http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
0
James ElliottManaging DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys. Read all posts & links and DBAN ticks my boxes.

Jell
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Storage Hardware

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.