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    Secure Disk Erase in SCCM Windows PE

    Hi,

    Does anyone know how i can use some secure disk erasing software that sits ontop of Windows PE please?

    The idea is we PXE boot a machine and have the option to erase the hard disk.

    Thanks

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    I guess it all depends HOW securely you want to wipe the data on the drive (i.e. how many passes).

    If you're wanting a less secure solution, you could try using Clean all from Diskpart, which would zero every sector on the disk.

    Please note, however that this can take up to 5 hours, for a single pass on a 1TB disk...

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    We dont have massive disks.

    I normally used DBAN with 3 passes.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    If you're wanting a less secure solution, you could try using Clean all from Diskpart, which would zero every sector on the disk.
    One pass is enough to completely erase data.

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I normally used DBAN with 3 passes.
    Overkill and a waste of time.

    From Vista onwards (Windows PE 2.x), a full format will also write zeros to the the drive.
    Last edited by Arthur; 8th October 2012 at 05:02 PM.

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    Im sort of getting back onto this. Does anyone know any alternatives than the PE formatting please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Does anyone know any alternatives than the PE formatting please?
    What do you need the alternatives to do that Windows doesn't do already?

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    As an alternate software solution, I'd suggest Darik's Nuke and Boot: DBAN Download | Darik's Boot And Nuke

    I'm presuming that you can run it within a PE environment, but that's something that I've never looked into (I normally run it from a Hiren's USB key).

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    I need 3 passes (I dont make the rules).

    I am looking at using Dban but it doesn't need to be in PE. Does anyone have any guides on how to PXE boot Dban. I did a google search but it was vague, im not a linux expert. I might just open a new thread for Dban.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I need 3 passes (I dont make the rules).
    This command will do a three pass erase in Windows PE.

    Code:
    format c: /fs=ntfs /x /p:3

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    I'm presuming that you can run it within a PE environment
    You can't run Linux from within Windows PE (not easily at least).

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    Sorry.. I was thinking PXE, rather than PE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    Sorry.. I was thinking PXE, rather than PE!
    How do you do it?

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    Code:
    format c: /fs=ntfs /x /p:3
    /fs=ntfs is apparently an invalid parameter. googling says otherwise....

    Thanks
    Last edited by FN-GM; 28th March 2013 at 10:49 AM.

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    The Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack has DaRT in it, which is able to wipe disks.

    Some have had a look at doing this here I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    /fs=ntfs is apparently an invalid parameter.
    Which Windows PE version are you using? 4.0?

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