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Reformat server HDD before disposal

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Is there any free tool that can completely erase the data in the sas and scsi hdd before disposal ?

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Want a quicker and easier way?  Use a power drill and drill a hole in it.  That's what I do.
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by:Mal Osborne
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I usually either:

1. Use a large hammer.
2. Encrypt the drive with Bitlocker, (including unused sectors) then reformat.
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by:AXISHK
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Really interest to know whether there is any tool that can boot from USB and do a destructive format....

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If the data is super sensitive then you need to physically destroy the disks.
Otherwise have a look at Eraser: http://eraser.heidi.ie/

Or have a look at http://www.dban.org/ for a bootable disk solution.
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i also recommend DBAN, it is widely used for such work but it takes some time, as will all tools that need to write over ALL disk sectors
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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most people use DBAN as mentioned above you can use rufus to create a bootable usb
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by:rindi
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I also recommend DBAN. But you will have to change the setting on the RAID controller to not present the disks as members of a RAID array, but rather as single disks. Some RAID controllers also have built-in functions you can use to erase the disks.
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