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Erase Permanently data from an Old hard drive

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hello,

I am looking for a free software that allows me to erase permanently all the data from an hard drive before I trash it.

Any link please, and idea,

than you very much.
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Question by:Italiabella
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Use DBan, which is included on the UBCD. It overwrites the disk with different algorithms that makes impossible, or near to impossible, to recover any data from the disk.:

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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by:Neil Russell
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Well except for a hammer and a sturdy screwdriver you need something like DBAN. This will wipe all data from a hard drive to meet most peoples needs.

The link is to the download page for DBAN software.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Hi Italiabella,

I use non-free software to do this, so won't be able to recommend what I use. But what you're looking for is software that complies with the DoD 5220.22-M standard. Here's an article that discusses an amazing number of free disk wipe/erase programs (42!):

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/free-data-destruction-software.htm

I'm a big fan of SourceForge, so I would recommend the very first one on the list, DBAN:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/data-destruction/fl/dban-dariks-boot-and-nuke-review.htm

It is available on SourceForge here:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/

And at its own site:

http://www.dban.org/

As I already mentioned, I haven't used this myself because of the paid, commercial software that I use, but I'm confident this will work for you. Regards, Joe
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I use the same program I used to wipe hard drives from the computers that came out of various branches of banks, if it works good enough for the bank it will do the job for you. It is put out by IBM or Lenovo  You can download It from here: http://www.lenovo.com/hk/en/innovation/secure_data.html

This type of question you will get at least a dozen different answers as there are several products out there.
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by:Dan Craciun
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If you find Dban too exotic for your taste, connect the drive via an USB caddy to a laptop/desktop using Windows and download Ccleaner (there's a high chance you're already using it).

Then go to Tools->Drive Wiper, select "Entire drive", Advanced or Complex overwrite, check the partition with your old drive then click on Wipe.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Italiabella
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thank you everyone.
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BTW, totally eradicating data from a drive will take time. Depending on the size and level  of erasure, it could easily go into hours. DBAN with 3 passes is my tool of choice, and it falls well within your stated budget.
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great to know, thank you.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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See that this has already been answered.  I would've suggested DBAN as well.
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