Skip to comments.What is good (really good) data wipe software?
Posted on 04/05/2011 7:34:35 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Trying to find out which software is actually good data wipe software to clean up a hard drive for installation of new OS.
Will you be needing to use that drive again?
Hook it up to a linux box and run dd several times or run ‘wipe’. You can just boot linux from any one of several stand-alone packages such as Fedora-15-Alpha-i686-Live.
Of course the Great Google has all the examples and guides one could ever need on the above software.
If you are just install a new OS it is not necessary to wipe a disk.
Given the low cost on new drives
I would install on a new drive and
Use a drill on the old one
Big ass hammer then toss it in the fire place
Are you looking for something to wipe out a particular program/programs or something to cleanse the entire drive? Makes a difference.
Concur. Just format the disk and do the new install. Most of those cleaner programs are for when you want to throw an old drive away and don’t want anything pulled off the drive.
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Back in the day there used to be a program called “government wipe” and it meant what it sounds like. I don’t know if it is still around or not, but it took everything off and made it impossible for anyone to recover the old data.
I concur. Download DBAN (Dban.org), boot and your all your disks will get wiped irretrievably.
I always like >format c: [enter]
I don’t know if it will run on OS after XP, but Sure Delete, a freeware program, had three methods of erasure by overwriting files. Quick wipe, Dept of Defense method, and the maximum overwrite (24 times).
It is easy to use and works.
CCleaner is free and it will wipe all the way to Gutman, if you think it needs it. That’s 35 passes. I think NSA, 7 passes, is sufficient.
10 years in tech support : Boot n nuke and it’s free
Love that Darik’s Boot and Nuke! Even the name is good....
I never realized that CCleaner could go all the way for that, and I’ve had it for awhile..
Sledge hammer and blow torch!
We use Wipedrive.
I used it this morning to prep a drive for upgrade from Vista to 7. I would have just installed over the top, but it kept on rebooting before the install started. I wiped it and it worked fine.
Hammer and a new hard drive work great too.
How old is that drive?
Maybe it’s time for a harddrive upgrade to go with that new OS?
I use Eraser and it’s free! I did pay them however for such a great product.
Eraser is an advanced security tool, which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard disk by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
You can drag and drop files and folders to the on-demand eraser, use the convenient Explorer shell extension or use the integrated scheduler to program overwriting of unused disk space or, for example, browser cache files to happen regularly, at night, during your lunch break, at weekends or whenever you like.
The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Gutmann’s paper “Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory” and they are selected to effectively remove the magnetic remnants from the hard disk making it impossible to recover the data.
Other methods include the one defined in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US Department of Defense and overwriting with pseudorandom data.
We think alike.
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I could buy a new drive, install it and the OS in less time than it would take to clean a drive to the degree you’re talking about.
Wouldn’t cost more than dinner and drinks.
Expediency has a price, in this case it is pretty low.
Didn’t read the last couple of words in your post.
You don’t need a Prog. to wipe for a new install.
Just get out yer disks and a cup of coffee - reinstall.
The stuff I have read about recovering files means if you have something that can't get out, hammers, drills, and fire, are it, and then bury it under the back porch. They can read data that has been written over 20 times if they really want your ass. They will write what they want on the disk if they don't find what they want. Kinda like going to war with the government,...they have night vision, Specter gun ships at 20k ft, and drones that put ordinance in your bedroom window at 4am. It is folly to think we will take on the government with an AR15 and a .45. If someone wants what is on your drive, they will get it no matter what you do. They talk about ghost image reading 15-20 times on each bit to decide if it was a 1 or zero to reconstruct what was there. If you are a nobody, format C: works fine.
It is nice to see a truly logical post now and then. Thanks.
Be warned...if the drive is an SD card or equivalent, it may not be possible to wipe data compehensively.
You don’t need to go crazy for this. If all you want is the old crap gone so you can install, quick format before install the OS is just dandy.
I didn't know that either. Looked it over and it was just fine for what I needed. lol. Thanks to all for the advice, both needed and um, the "troll" type stuff. lol.
Bottom line, you don’t need to wipe in order to install a new OS. You only need it if you plan to get rid of the drive.
Yes, even if there is nasty stuff on the drive.
“Bottom line, you dont need to wipe in order to install a new OS. You only need it if you plan to get rid of the drive.”
Agree about installing or reinstalling an OS. However, if you plan to get rid of a drive, just take a hammer to it (beat the snot out of it). Physical destruction is the only method to 100% ensure a discarded drive can not be accessed.
Not exactly true. Wiping with zeroes fixes the problem. You should only destroy it if you cannot access the drive.
A 7.62mm FMJ round usually takes care of it.
“Not exactly true. Wiping with zeroes fixes the problem. You should only destroy it if you cannot access the drive. A 7.62mm FMJ round usually takes care of it.”
Well, I would agree with the 7.62 round. But not the zeros, unless you are referring to 00 buckshot :)
We’ve always wiped with zeroes.
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