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    Question Best Software to Totally Wipe a Hard Drive

    Just finished installing a new PC for the wife. We want to donate the old PC as it is still function-able. But I obviously want to "wipe" the hard drive first. Looking for a free utility that can be loaded from a floppy, CD, or USB stick that can wipe the entire hard drive.

    Suggestions. Thanks. Bob

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    In the past I've used SDelete (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s...rnals/bb897443). It's a command-line utility, so not the best when it comes to ease of use.

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    It might be better to restore the factory setup, rather than wipe everything to a blank HD. This will leave an operational PC, with a new install of the operational OS. If during this reinstallation of the HD you choose to Format the HD, this should work. When you format reinstall, the entire HD is overwritten by the new installation and wipes out the old OS and apps. If after doing this you feel more secure, you could use CCleaner to wipe the free space.
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    The usually-recommended hard disk complete eraser is DBAN, noted for its minimal documentation!
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    Thanks....I think I'll go with DBAN.

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    Wipe Program

    Here is to .iso files for wipe programs.

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    The most secure is Acronis Drive Cleanser (paid) or DiskPart (free).
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    Just re-format it, a low level for positive wipe.
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    Never low level format a modern hard drive, it won't thank you. What the OS sees is not what's on the disk, it's what the disk electronics presents to the OS. Everything on disk is managed by the drive electronics.

    A single pass writing random data to every sector on the disk is all you need to clean a modern (IDE or later) disk drive. DBAN does that and it's free.

    cheers, Paul

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    +1 for DBAN - I have used it for many years.
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