hard drive contents erase software

 I have some hard drives that I need to erase before turning them over to recycling place.
 I was thinking about attaching each HD to my computer (as D or E Drive) and run "Disk Format". Is this enough to prevent it for someone to read the files & folders or is there a better/more secure way of erasing the contents on the HD?

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Kanti PrasadCommented:

Yes after reformatting you can use DBAN utility and the other blunt option is to physically destroy them


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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I tried that link. When I clicked download button, it takes me to Source Forge website and I does nothing after that.
 Is there a link where I can download this program directly?
Kanti PrasadCommented:

When I went there and clicked download it has automatically downloaded into my folder. Here is the attachment
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Just formatting the disk or deleting the partitions on it, isn't enough. The data can then still be recovered if someone tried.

The best tool to securely erase disks is DBAN. It writes several different patterns to the disk in several passes using certain algorithms so that it makes it very hard to recover data, but of course this takes time, so you should dedicate a PC for that while you erase the disks. You need to boot from the tool (it doesn't run from within Windows).

It is included on the UBCD:

Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
If the drives are going to a recycling facility anyway, just use a power drill and a metal-penetrating bit and go straight through the casing and platters.  

Those drives won't be read again and it's a great way to relieve stress.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Download the software from the drive vendor. Seagate makes Seatools and WD makes WDDiag. These tools have an option of erasing the drive by fill every sector with zeroes. This is exactly what you need.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
I liked that idea. it won't take much time.

Even though I have used Seatools for years, I did not know the fact that you could erase the drive by filling every sector with zeroes. Good stuff.
you can als use BCWipe - it is made for it :  http://www.jetico.com/products/personal-privacy/bcwipe-total-wipeout
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