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Built in Windows secure data wiping command?

I had some pay for software that could do this while you would be working in Windows (I run it against external hard drives).  It was a good piece of software, but the license key would no longer work (after a computer format), for complicated (I am being polite) reasons.  So I gave up on it's rent seeking attempts at not cannibalizing its own sales and wondered, does Windows have something built in that can do a secure wipe?   Or at the very least zero out the drive?  Like a command line utility or something?

If so, it would be a useful thing to know, because you can continue working in windows while securely wipe hard drives that are attached to an external (toaster) hard drive bay...as apposed to using DBAN.

Thanks for any insight that you can offer.
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Thanks everyone for the good suggestions, I ended going with Cipher as it is free, built in and more than good enough for our purposes.
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