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    Wiping HD

    My brother's retiring next week and has to return his company laptop. What's the best way to totally wipe his hard drive before it goes back? He's cheap so a freeware progarm would be preferrable. I'm familiar with Acronis's Disk Director and True Image as well as Cyberscrub but I don't think either will completely clear the drive. I'm not sure how sensitive the data is but he sure doesn't want to leave any recoverable data on it.

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    Re: Wiping HD

    Well, there's always something like this: Active@ Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser. Low Level Format.

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    Re: Wiping HD

    There is a good article on the subject and some links to a few Secure Disk Wipe Utilities
    at DISK NUKE
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    Re: Wiping HD

    Take a look at these <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware options. The first one, Dariks Boot and Nuke, looks like what you want.
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    Re: Wiping HD

    I second Doc's suggestion of DBAN, which works!

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    Re: Wiping HD

    He should ask whether he can keep, or purchase, the laptop.

    Note that he better not wipe the endire drive without getting the company's permission,
    The laptop is the company's property, not your brother's.
    Not to mention wiping the OS means the company has to rebuild the disk.

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    >My brother's retiring next week <

    What are they gonna do if he wipes the drive and they don't like it ???? Fire him ??? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Wiping HD

    Yes, and NOT get his company retirement.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Wiping HD

    NOT a chance !!!
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    Re: Wiping HD

    The man is destroying evidence, and the least of his worries is being fired.

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    Re: Wiping HD

    I agree with Howard that you cannot simply nuke a HD from a computer that's not your property. Instead, you can use a program like AbsoluteShield File Shredder to shred the files that you don't want to leave on the HD.

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    Re: Wiping HD

    I would try the following:

    1. Using an image based backup that allows you to mount volumes in read/write mode, from the backup archive., backup up the PC to an external drive.
    2. Mount the volumes in the archive.
    3. Delete those files in the backup archive tat you can legally and ethically delete.
    4. Save the changes to the backup archive.
    5. Wipe out the hard drives.
    6. Restore the harddrives from the modified backup.

    However, the best solution is to ask the company whether you can buy the laptop.
    They might even gift it to you.

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    Re: Wiping HD

    Do ya think ??? <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22>
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    Re: Wiping HD

    If you check the latest newsletter from Kroll Ontrack krollontrack or many of the others at that site, you may have a quick reality check of the implications (and the potential cost).

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    Re: Wiping HD

    "NOT a chance !!!"
    If they send him to jail, will he still draw his retirement?
    As this is NOT his property, it could be lead to other issues.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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