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    Could use Hirens, i think there's a dos disk shredder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Were they classroom laptops or staff laptops with potentially confidential data on them?
    Well yes they were classroom laptops, but they have nothing confidential on them.

    I just want a way to wipe the disks so they don't have the XP key on them really.

    EDIT: Dban took 2hrs to complete for just 1 laptop!!
    Last edited by zag; 16th May 2011 at 01:30 PM.

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    How about Hiren's BootCD as mentioned above? It's got a few HDD cleaners on there. Active Kill Disk is one I've used before. Relatively quick and loads into a RAM drive so you dont have to wait for each one to finish before removing the CD

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Preferably a boot CD so I can do it quickly without booting to the OS.
    If you have a Windows Vista or 7 install disc handy you could use DiskPart to wipe the HDD from the command prompt...

    Code:
    diskpart 
    select disk 0
    clean all
    exit
    The recovery discs on this webpage would also work too.

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    Love some of the replies here - specially the hammer and pillar drill!

    Our free friend CCleaner has a wiper that seems pretty good - not tried it on a large capacity disk but it would probably suffice for the key removal the OP seeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris-W- View Post
    How about Hiren's BootCD as mentioned above? It's got a few HDD cleaners on there. Active Kill Disk is one I've used before. Relatively quick and loads into a RAM drive so you dont have to wait for each one to finish before removing the CD
    on the hirens page it shows what is on the disc but i do not see any download links for the iso - help

    Hiren's BootCD 13.2 - All in one Bootable CD » www.hiren.info

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    You need:

    Download Hiren

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    DBAN first
    Then use the linux HDD shred facility...works a charm

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    Ended up using Dban and 5 laptops setup at the same time to run using a "quick erase".
    That way I can do 5 an hour so should be done by the end of tomorrow

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    run the linux tool after as well as data is recoverable on quick erase

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    DBAN took 2hrs to complete for just 1 laptop!!
    If you want to do it quicker (but just as thorough), try PartEd Magic's Erase Disk feature...

    http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...d-Click-Method

    By using the built-in secure erase function of each HDD, I managed to wipe 5 x 2TB HDDs in less than a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    By using the built-in secure erase function of each HDD, I managed to wipe 5 x 2TB HDDs in less than a day.
    A member of staff seriously pi$$ed you off or moving on to a new job are you? ;-)

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    I use the built in function to FOG which will boot the machines do a full disk wipe and then shut them down again.

    I can't remember what software it uses though

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    This is why I like full encryption, secure wipe is a 60 second affair of wipeing the TPM. You can wipe stuff fast and unsecure or slow and secure. Encryption does not really change this it just does the slow secure bit at the end of the build rather than end of life.

    @Arthur - Good to know about the secure wipe stuff.

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    Thanks - at last a Hirens link that actually works for me!
    Quote Originally Posted by apeo View Post
    Could use Hirens, i think there's a dos disk shredder.

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