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    Smile Secure Erase

    I've got 2 external HD's that I need to wipe, but I would like a more secure way than using the standard windows format.

    Does anyone currently use any software to do this?


    ( Preferably free )

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    KillDisk will be an option for you - Active@ Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser. Low Level Format.

    I use it allot and it is excellent.

    Z

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    KillDisk will be an option for you - Active@ Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser. Low Level Format.

    I use it allot and it is excellent.

    Z
    Can you use this one without the need to boot? Would like something I can just run from a Windows workstation.

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    Not sure to be honest i always boot into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Not sure to be honest i always boot into it.

    You can run from Windows, just tried it.


    Thanks.

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    Try the latest Hirens.
    Think the site is hirens.info
    should be on 9.7 now.
    Download the ISO, burn it to a CD, bang it in on reboot and use one of the HDD erasing tools on there. FDisk usually does the job, but have a read up.
    That disc is worth it's weight in gold!

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    9.8 is out with some more handy addons

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    Boot and Nuke works a treat, and it's free.

    Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    9.8 is out with some more handy addons
    Cheers for the update. I'd be lost without Hirens!
    Installed SteadyState on a few laptops yesterday and some nice pupil had somehow changed the admin password and then created themselves a new passworded account.
    Needless to say I Hirens'd its ass!...now they can't so much as fart at the thing!

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    If you have to do it in Windows, you could run the following command from the command prompt.

    Code:
    CIPHER /W:X:
    (where X: is the drive letter of the disk you want to wipe).

    Since cipher.exe only wipes free space make sure you do a quick format beforehand.

    For internal drives I would normally use DBAN though.

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