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dban and parted magic... how to connect drive


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#1 frldyz

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 09:52 PM

I'm looking into using dban on a HDD and parted magic on an SSD.
But I'm a little confused on how I hook connect these drives..
 
dban - HDD
*The HDD I want to wipe is not part of the computer build and does not run my OS.  It is simply an old HDD I have laying around that I want to wipe clean.
1.  Can I connect this HDD to the computer via some external source like a HDD enclosure and via USB?
2.  Or do I need to take out my primary drive and connect this HDD to the computer as the primary drive ( even though it has no O.S on it )
 
Parted magic - SSD
*The SSD I want to wipe is my primary drive and has my OS on it.
1.  Do I want to keep it connected as my primary drive ( basically leave it in and leave it alone as is ) and wipe from there?
2.  Or do I want to take it out of my computer and place into a drive enclosure and connect to a differant computer via drive enclosure and USB?
 
 
*The HDD is an 4 year old laptop HDD that has been formated.  But I want to wipe it clean with dban still.
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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:20 AM

If you do not plan on selling the drives, deleting the partitions and re-formatting the drives before OS install is sufficient.

 

You can install the drive in the computer and boot Parted Magic. It has a drive erase feature similar to DBAN. On modern drives one pass zero wipe is sufficient.

 

https://partedmagic.com/secure-erase/

 

Minitools Partition Wizard v9.1 bootable will also wipe the disk with up to 35 passes if you wish. V10 bootable is no longer available for free. The link I provided shows the method of wipe for v10 but is similar to V9

 

I would not recommend wiping a SSD more than one pass as this will decrease the live of the drive.

 

Using the bootable Parted Magic or Partition Wizard allows you to wipe the disks without the need for an enclosure. You can connect the drive(s) as a secondary and still wipe it but be careful you are selecting the correct disk. You do not want to wipe your primary drive.






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