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completely erasing a hard drive

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by icemn45, Jan 16, 2006.

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  1. icemn45

    icemn45 Thread Starter

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    i would like to donate one of my old pcs. i understand that there are scrubber(?) programs out there that will do a complete job of erasing the drive. that way no information can be retrieved from it. we had a lot of personal, and banking information on there that i want to make sure is gone for good. thx ahead of time. (and of course, free is better, but not necessary)
     
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    thx for the quick reply. it's exactly what i was looking for. it's very much appreciated
     
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    de nada.....what we're all here for. I actually use that app at work, where we donate about 10 laptops monthly out of my facility....I just use the freeware version, and while it's not DoD certified (the pay version is) I can't get anything off of the drives after it's gone through....
     
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    For all intensive purposes the above posts are correct. But Encase is forensis software that can retrieve data from hdd's that have been reformaed,overwritten, wiped clean etc.
    Happens everday at law enforcement agencies.
    Boils down to: How sacret is the personal data??
     
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    How many people can afford to purchase that? They don't even list a price on their website so I would assume that it is not even affordable for most people. For the most part, a D.O.D. wipe does a pretty good job. Takes a long time and I am sure that even the best forencsics program can't get everything.
     
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    Hi icemn45,

    Usually, the Guttman method of deletion is preferred to completely erase a disk.

    The following freeware Eraser can apply the Guttman method to erase the disk (it may take a while, but forensically, it should be clean):

    Eraser: http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/

    -- Tom
     
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    Squashman: thanks for the links. If both are freeware, AND DoD compliant, think that's exactly what my powers that be are looking for.

    v
     
  10. icemn45

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    thx for all this input. i feel more confident now about cleaning the hard drive. i really appreciate it. sorry i didn't get back sooner, i was on the road for work. someday, i hope to have a laptop to stay connected.
     
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    Hi All,

    Just a quick note: The Guttman method is way more stringent than the DoD compliance standard which only requires 7 passes. So, if you are really paranoid, use Guttman.

    -- Tom
     
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    I can't imagine any scenario here that requires more than the DOD erase...
     
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