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what application do you guys recommend that completely wipes the HDD completely, i mean bleach everything as in no data ever existed. i dont want any boot sectors, nothing.
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DBAN!

http://www.dban.org/

Free, and most excellent.  It's what everyone uses for this purpose.
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by:IvanhoeSK
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I can recommend Acronis True Image, it can also clone HDD, create recovery zone, etc... It also wipes HDD with choosen method. Easy to use.
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by:Vampireofdarkness
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In theory "format drive: /p:x" where x is an integer coupled with "cipher /w:drive" from the command line would work. I've never had a reason to test it though.

You could stick to a tried and tested method as above.
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by:nobus
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what do you want exactly to wipe it for?
there is no 100% guaranteed tool that assures no data can be recovered.
but for normal uses, DBAN will work fine
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by:cadnyc
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is will require me to insert and pull each HDD into the system and boot dban. is there an application that can run on top of windows and i tell it to wipe/bleach/format another disk or extenal HDD?
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by:akahan
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If you want something you can run under Windows, on external drives, try killdisk (free version will be sufficient):  http://www.killdisk.com/

Of course, be VERY careful that you don't accidentally target your system disk.
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by:cadnyc
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anyone know why i am getting all these non-fata errors and process crash?
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by:JohnnyCanuck
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Do you have a flash card reader installed in your computer?  If so disconnect it.  You may also need to unplug any sata drives that you won't be nuking.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/forums/forum/208932/topic/3758583
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by:nobus
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your photo saysto check dban log for info -  did you?
what disk has the problem - HDD, flash stick?
anyhow -if you have problems, test the disk with the proper diag - find all here :  http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287      
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i unplug the usb card reader and it worked.
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