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Software for erasing my hard drive info??

Post by Pescador on Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:46 am

I want to sell my computer and completely erase my info on the hard drive. Do you techy's prefer one software over another?

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Post by akjerry on Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:24 am

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Check out Ultimate Boot CD, it has several harddrive wiping tools, and its free:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

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Post by ltollefs on Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:30 am

Pescador wrote:I want to sell my computer and completely erase my info on the hard drive. Do you techy's prefer one software over another?

Thanks,

Hi, Pescador.

Try DBAN, a purpose built drive wiper. It's open source, simple to use and it's free.

http://www.dban.org/

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Post by jrm30655 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:38 am

DBAN run several times is probably good enough. My daughter is a forensic IT tech with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and says it is pretty good.

However, short of taking a HD apart and taking a hammer and screwdriver to the platters is perfect.


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Post by ltollefs on Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:48 am

jrm30655 wrote:DBAN run several times is probably good enough.  My daughter is a forensic IT tech with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and says it is pretty good.

However, short of taking a HD apart and taking a hammer and screwdriver to the platters is perfect.


Hi jrm30655,

Last year we had an overzealous intern take a box of old drives over to the tech/ops building and had the drives cut in half with an oxy- acetylene torch. It took a couple of days to locate the source of the stink wafting through the office.

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Post by juanrey on Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:37 am

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Post by sparks on Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:50 am

Do these solutions leave you with no operating system and is that what you want?
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Post by ltollefs on Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:05 am

sparks wrote:Do these solutions leave you with no operating system and is that what you want?

Sparks,

These solutions render the drives data free. No OS remaining.

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Re: Software for erasing my hard drive info??

Post by sparks on Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:07 am

Harder to sell with no OS
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Re: Software for erasing my hard drive info??

Post by ltollefs on Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:46 am

sparks wrote:Harder to sell with no OS

Would you trust an OS pre-installed on a used computer of unknown provenance? I wouldn't.
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Post by sparks on Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:00 pm

Well I guess the new owner could pay a Techie to install an illegal copy of Windows for 350 pesos .... that is if he could even confirm the PC worked without an OS
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Post by ltollefs on Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:16 pm

sparks wrote:Well I guess the new owner could pay a Techie to install an illegal copy of Windows for 350 pesos .... that is if he could even confirm the PC worked without an OS


Why not re-install the existing OS? All that is required is the install media; The key can be pulled from the current system using one of the several free online utilities built for just this purpose. It is the best way of guaranteeing all the old files have been wiped. If this is more work than they're willing to do, the seller can use a live CD of one of the many Linux distros out there to prove the viability of the box.
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Re: Software for erasing my hard drive info??

Post by sparks on Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:55 pm

I'll wait and see what Pescador thinks he can handle
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Re: Software for erasing my hard drive info??

Post by Pescador on Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:22 am

Thanks everyone,

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