Hard Drive wipe

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  1. Kevin_Graham

    Kevin_Graham Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm helping a friend tonight clean up an old computer so that he can give it to his sister-in-law. It has his business financial data on it and he wants to permanently wipe it off. I've heard that there's a free wipe disk program from the Department of Defense that you can download. When I did a search I got back hundreds of hits for software not offered by the Department of Defense. Is there such a program?
     
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    The DOD stuff is just a standard for the number of times the data area is wiped and overwritten. I've used BC Wipe, a freeware program that will wipe to the DOD levels. You can download it here: BC Wipe
     
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    I think NORTON has a wipe utility.

    The DOD has different levels of wiping...one method writes all "1"s on the disk, erases them and then writes all "0"s......it does this like 7 times!!

    I've seen other methods that write alternating "1s" & "0s" to the disk.

    Good Luck,

    ~Rob
     
  4. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    I think that the fdisk utility would be a lot easier. It resets the blocks on the drive.

    Glenn
     
  5. DonRoeber

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    Glen,

    FDisk rewrites the parition table. The data could be restored using some heavy duty data restoration tools that I doubt this persons sister-in-law would have. A wipedisk program actually zeroes out each block.
     
  6. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    Then this 'sister-in-law' can't be trusted. Hmmm? Not good. [​IMG]
    Glenn
     
  7. Rob Gillespie

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    If you use Ghost, there is a utility included on the CD called GDISK. This is a comman-line driven replacement for FDISK (and much better, I might add). It includes a /DISKWIPE option which can be configured with as many 'passes' as you like - including DoD standard.
     
  8. Kevin_Graham

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    Thanks for all the replys! I went with the BC Wipe and it couldn't have been easier.
     

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