Erase Permanently data from an Old hard drive

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.
ItaliabellaAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
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.

rindiCommented:
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
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
Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
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.
0
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
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
0
Determine the Perfect Price for Your IT Services

Do you wonder if your IT business is truly profitable or if you should raise your prices? Learn how to calculate your overhead burden with our free interactive tool and use it to determine the right price for your IT services. Download your free eBook now!

web_trackerComputer Service TechnicianCommented:
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.
0
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
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
0
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
thank you everyone.
0
jonoakleyCommented:
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.
0
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
great to know, thank you.
0
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
See that this has already been answered.  I would've suggested DBAN as well.
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
System Utilities

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.