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Freeware To Wipe Hdd?


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#1 dc3

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 01:14 AM

I'm looking for a freeware program to wipe my hdd, anyone know of a decent one that they would recomend?

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 05:49 AM

Eraser is well regarded.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 07:10 AM

I Use and recommend Digtal Dolly. It has a drive wipe utility and much more. It boot from a CD. It also has a Partition manager, Formatting utility (almost 100 types), Cloning software, networking, and more. The other I like and recommend is Active@KillDisk-Drive Wipe Utility. This utility is freware and can be run from either a floppy or CD.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 01:11 PM

Killdisk will totally overwrite the disk and is the best way to ensure you have eliminated all viruses before reformatting.

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 02:35 PM

I agree. If you need more than a Quick Wipe (1 pass), Digital Dolly can also do a DoD Wipe (7 passes) and Gutman Wipe (35 passes) also. That is one of the reasons I prefer Digital Dolly.
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 12:23 AM

Thanks for the responses, I had heard of killdisk, but wasn't sure of their reputation, and hadn't heard of eraser at all...but that dosen't mean anything. I also had someone else that I trust suggest Killdisk, so I will recomend this to my friend who needs it.

acklan, I still have the Digital Dolly that you sent to me, I would use this on my friends machine, but she now lives in a different state, and that's why I'm trying to find a freeware that she can download and use. Once again I thank you.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 12:43 AM

Burn her a copy. How did you like those programs?
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 02:02 AM

Unfortunately she wants to have her machine up and running by Monday, other wise I would. She is on a dial up connection, and had the same problem I had downloading it, 41.19MB would take all day.

Without any instructions it is taking a while to learn all of its features, but I sure liked not having to wipe and re-install my os just to change my partitions. As a cruel twist of fate I wound up having to do it anyway. I had forgoten that the DD will also wipe a hdd, I wonder if it is any faster than the Drive Wipe, that took six hours to wipe my 200GB hdd.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 02:04 AM

She better get with it. That wipe could run 24 to 36 hours. That would be a Quick Wipe (Single Pass).
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 05:19 AM

Hopefully less than that, her hdd is only 40GB.

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