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Jimbobthepirate

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So i've decided to Zero Out my Hard drive and was hoping anyone here could reccomend the best software for this (free preferably)

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leroys1000

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DBan usually does a better job of erasing sensitive data but
manufacturers utilities will zero the drive.
Some manufacturers still have that software available,but it
can be hard to find.
 

Squashman

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Dban does a secure DOD compliant wipe.
What is your goal for wiping the drive?
If your intention is to get rid of it and you don't want some random person recovering data with it, you should securely erase it with a utility like DBAN.
 

Jimbobthepirate

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Yes, Im going to remove ALL data from it (Which I know a format does not do this) and then reinstall again.

Thanks for the responses.
 

Jimbobthepirate

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Does a Zero out make the hard drive unusable after?

Trying to use Dban and the computer wont find the USB with any files on at startup. Going to use Killdisk instead.
 

leroys1000

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It just erases all the data and partitions.
The drive will need to be partitioned and formatted
again to be usable.
You can do that from windows setup.
 

Squashman

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Yes, Im going to remove ALL data from it (Which I know a format does not do this) and then reinstall again.

Thanks for the responses.
You don't need to Zero out the disk just to reinstall Windows. You can remove and create partitions and format partitions during install. Doing it during install will remove any data on the drive. It just doesn't securely remove it.
 
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