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What is good (really good) data wipe software?
5 April 2011 | Mene

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.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cleanup; datawipe; harddrive; software
Thanks in advance.
1 posted on 04/05/2011 7:34:41 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Eraser.
2 posted on 04/05/2011 7:36:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Will you be needing to use that drive again?


3 posted on 04/05/2011 7:36:39 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


4 posted on 04/05/2011 7:40:37 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

If you are just install a new OS it is not necessary to wipe a disk.


5 posted on 04/05/2011 7:44:30 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: theBuckwheat

Given the low cost on new drives
I would install on a new drive and
Use a drill on the old one


6 posted on 04/05/2011 7:46:06 PM PDT by updatedscreenname
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To: KoRn

Big ass hammer then toss it in the fire place


7 posted on 04/05/2011 7:46:54 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Are you looking for something to wipe out a particular program/programs or something to cleanse the entire drive? Makes a difference.


8 posted on 04/05/2011 7:53:47 PM PDT by doc1019 ( The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

http://www.dban.org/


9 posted on 04/05/2011 7:57:53 PM PDT by Pelham (Islam, mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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10 posted on 04/05/2011 7:58:57 PM PDT by keat
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To: ThomasThomas

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.


11 posted on 04/05/2011 8:00:47 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Here's one from my alma mater. The page has links to the utility and documentation, including a paper on disk drive data sanitation. It runs the Secure Erase command (NIST 800-88) in the ATA ANSI standard, which is implemented in all PATA and SATA drives built since 2001. You might need to enable SATA compatibility mode in your BIOS first.
12 posted on 04/05/2011 8:08:18 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Used by the best IT Asset Disposition company in the U.S.:

http://www.blancco.com/en/


13 posted on 04/05/2011 8:32:04 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


14 posted on 04/05/2011 8:32:15 PM PDT by calex59
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I concur. Download DBAN (Dban.org), boot and your all your disks will get wiped irretrievably.


15 posted on 04/05/2011 8:33:25 PM PDT by FrogBurger (Always compare news articles from different sources. When they fully agree, you can be sure it's BS.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I always like >format c: [enter]


16 posted on 04/05/2011 8:33:46 PM PDT by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


17 posted on 04/05/2011 8:40:20 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


18 posted on 04/05/2011 8:41:36 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

10 years in tech support : Boot n nuke and it’s free


19 posted on 04/05/2011 8:46:16 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Pelham

Love that Darik’s Boot and Nuke! Even the name is good....


20 posted on 04/05/2011 8:46:36 PM PDT by PAMadMax (Islam is a disease....)
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To: Prokopton

I never realized that CCleaner could go all the way for that, and I’ve had it for awhile..


21 posted on 04/05/2011 8:51:52 PM PDT by max americana ( NF)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Sledge hammer and blow torch!


22 posted on 04/05/2011 8:54:44 PM PDT by dalereed
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23 posted on 04/05/2011 9:36:50 PM PDT by fso301
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


24 posted on 04/05/2011 9:38:49 PM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

How old is that drive?
Maybe it’s time for a harddrive upgrade to go with that new OS?


25 posted on 04/05/2011 9:43:11 PM PDT by Elderberry
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.

http://eraser.heidi.ie/


26 posted on 04/05/2011 9:49:17 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: KoRn

Hey!

We think alike.

LOL

I Luv it.


27 posted on 04/05/2011 9:49:46 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


28 posted on 04/05/2011 9:51:17 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

LOL

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.


29 posted on 04/05/2011 9:51:42 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
If you are CIA, you wouldn't be asking this, so I have to assume you have kiddie porn or a snuff film. Otherwise, why would you care? Just get rid of the boot sector and re partition and format.

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.

30 posted on 04/05/2011 10:24:50 PM PDT by chuckles
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To: chuckles

It is nice to see a truly logical post now and then. Thanks.


31 posted on 04/05/2011 10:33:42 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are .)
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To: chuckles

“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.”

DUMP IT IN THE OCEAN.


32 posted on 04/05/2011 10:58:19 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

NSA Approved Degausser

33 posted on 04/05/2011 11:02:34 PM PDT by douginthearmy (out of the army. now a soldier of misfortune.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

bookmark


34 posted on 04/05/2011 11:43:02 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Be warned...if the drive is an SD card or equivalent, it may not be possible to wipe data compehensively.


35 posted on 04/06/2011 12:48:28 AM PDT by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


36 posted on 04/06/2011 1:24:51 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
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To: max americana
I never realized that CCleaner could go all the way for that, and I’ve had it for awhile..

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.

37 posted on 04/06/2011 4:05:18 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

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.


38 posted on 04/06/2011 4:07:32 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

“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.”

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.


39 posted on 04/06/2011 4:15:34 AM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: snoringbear

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.


40 posted on 04/06/2011 5:00:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

“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 :)


41 posted on 04/06/2011 5:31:19 AM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: snoringbear

We’ve always wiped with zeroes.


42 posted on 04/06/2011 7:48:51 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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