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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by bennyturok, May 3, 2006.

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  1. bennyturok

    bennyturok Thread Starter

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    im searching for a tool that wipes your hard drive 100% or close that uses the DoD 5220.22-M standard method and others such as AR380-19 and NAVSO P-5239-26.

    if you could suggest the most effective one with a price under 50 dollars i will apprecciate it.

    ones i thought might be good are

    http://www.digitalriver.com/dr/v2/ec_MAIN.Entry17c?CID=0&SID=44905&SP=10007&PN=21&PID=1080897
    http://www.whitecanyon.com/wipedrive-wipe-hard-drive.php
    etc.

    i want the most effective one i can find in that price range.
     
  2. lotuseclat79

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    Hi bennyturok,

    Welcome to TSG!

    Eraser: http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/ (free) and
    DBAN: http://dban.sourceforge.net/ are both
    * DoD compliant hard drive erasers: (Supports DoD 5220-22.M Standard)

    The Gutman approach which erases 35 times is the most complete but depending on how big your drive is may take over a day to complete. Therefore, suggest running Gutman over sensitive files like financial records and the like, and use the DoD standard 7 times erasure for the remainder of the hard disk.

    -- Tom
     
  3. Squashman

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    Since AutoClave is no longer in developement I will second the motion for Dban. I have used it and it is free.
     
  4. bennyturok

    bennyturok Thread Starter

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    i already downloaded it . (looks good) im going to use it in about 1 or 2 days... i need to buy some cds and pass all my information to dvd`s. thanks. i hate windows xp media center and dell tools... thats why i want to wipe it all off.... amd install windows xp pro
     
  5. cwwozniak

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    One safety precaution you might want to take if you have more than one HD installed on your system. It would not hurt to disconnect any drives you do not want wiped clean. One little "oops" in a menu selection and a lot of files you did want to loose would be gone.
     
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    One more small tool is Disk clean-up, a part of Privacy Expert.
    Privacy Expert costs about $30. But it also includes a spyware remover.
     
  7. bennyturok

    bennyturok Thread Starter

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    thanks everyone. i chose to go for dban. vey easy to use. very thankful.. i used it on 3 out of four computers their is in my house (including laptops).
     
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