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    I find that a teenage son and a set of tools is best for wiping HDDs. It keeps him amused for ages extracting the drives and then taking the drives to bits - the platters are definitely not readable once he's finished with them.

    Got any bored pupils at the start of term?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    . However one machine refuses to be wiped
    lol, i love that sentence: I refuse to be wiped! that's machine taking over!

    Have you tried Low Level format? Remove the Hdd to connected to another system as a slave, then format. This utility leaves no traces whatsoever!

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    DBAN Autonuke is very handy for securley wiping hard drives and also testing laptop hard drives which have failed due to being dropped by the user!

    If the machine isn't letting you format or nuke the disk, go into BIOS and the MBR protection might be called virus protection. Turn that off and try again

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    Just ask science for their most powerful magnet, or hammer as mentioned, even better is burn the platters in a fume cupboard.

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    Gdisk (norton: look for old mother board CD with ghost on it you might find it there...) does DOD level wipe.. it takes ages...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs_mjs View Post
    Just ask science for their most powerful magnet, or hammer as mentioned, even better is burn the platters in a fume cupboard.
    Yeh I had a Physics tech who used to brag that he could get a magnet to stick to a car travelling at 60MPH. Burn the platters? long as they don't set off the firealarm again!

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    If DBAN doesn't work, you may want to try HDDErase. This uses the "Secure Erase" command built into the drives firmware which will erase the entire drive including bad sectors.

    Q: What is secure erase?
    A: The ANSI T-13 committee which oversees the ATA (also known as IDE) interface specification and the ANSI T-10 committee which governs the SCSI interface specification have incorporated into their standards a command feature known as Secure Erase (SE). Secure erase is a positive easy-to-use data destroy command, amounting to “electronic data shredding.” It completely erases all possible user data areas by overwriting, including the so-called g-lists that contain data in reallocated disk sectors (sectors that the drive no longer uses because they have hard errors in them). SE is a simple addition to the existing “format drive” command present in computer operating systems and storage system software and adds no cost to hard disk drives. Since the Secure Erase command is carried out within a hard disk drive it doesn’t require any additional software to implement.

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    These will also work...


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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    I find that a teenage son and a set of tools is best for wiping HDDs. It keeps him amused for ages extracting the drives and then taking the drives to bits - the platters are definitely not readable once he's finished with them.

    Got any bored pupils at the start of term?
    Watch out for the drives with glass platters!

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    My approach has always been physical rather than electronic, shall we say, particularly for drives that have been in a server. Usually involves a 4lb lump hammer and a cold chisel - AFTER taking the cover off

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    The hammer approach is much better..... just think of all the frustration that could be vented :-)

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    and by the time the disks are removed from a server here they're dead anyway otherwise, believe me, they'd still be doing something useful

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