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    Wipe a hard drive?

    I have been merrily wiping laptops prior to disposal. However one machine refuses to be wiped, it's a Compal SW91. I am using Dban autonuke, which goes through the preliminaries starts to wipe then immediately brings up the DONE screen - with non-fatal errors. Nothing on the hard drive has been removed. Any ideas what's going on or another utility that I can use?

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    Used that tool today on some HDDs Managed to get one to fly 3 foot in the air.

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    kill disk

    Active@ Kill Disk. Hard Drives Eraser. Free Download.

    List of stuff in below link

    Free Secure File / Disk Deletion Tools: Destructively delete or wipe data in files / hard disks (thefreecountry.com)

    If you run an fdisk to make it one big partition and then run a chkdsk /r then try dban again ?

    What about the below tool - drill a load of holes through the platters / pcb board etc


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    Has the BIOS setup protection been set on that laptop, this would restrict access to the MBR of the disk and cause the wipe to fail.

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    Thanks for the suggestions - I'd like to use the first one but, knowing my luck, I'd do more damage to myself than the drive. I'll take a look at the BIOS and follow the links. Thanks.

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    if you have another laptop you can fit it in or a hard drive kit you can wipe it that way and ditch that compaq laptop ref trying to format it on the compaq laptop

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    It's the way forward in terms of data destruction

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    I thought companies that were certified to destroy hard drives were better and they use those cool looking hard drive shredders and you end up with tiny tiny pieces

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    Yea, but you don't get to laugh manically while you batter the poop out of the hard drive.

    Certified destruction is obviously better for your records, smashing the poop out of them for self satisfaction.

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    Maybe try running a USB/DVD drive bootable version of Linux then use Eraser to destory the hard drive?
    I do like the hammer wau as well though :P

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    Looked at the BIOS - nothing to set other than the boot sequence, so no joy there. Putting it into another laptop, one I've already flattened, thanks mac_shinobi, I also have an external caddy so might try that on another machine as well. If all else fails, (don't think audit would take to the hammer idea sadly) I'll have to call in a favour and get it shredded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    Looked at the BIOS - nothing to set other than the boot sequence, so no joy there. Putting it into another laptop, one I've already flattened, thanks mac_shinobi, I also have an external caddy so might try that on another machine as well. If all else fails, (don't think audit would take to the hammer idea sadly) I'll have to call in a favour and get it shredded.
    no problem - if still a problem, you could maybe see if the design department could use some of there metal cutting tools / drills etc to ah, well completely obliterate it into tiny pieces - something to the effect of

    "Will it blend"

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    It's important not to take half measures with data security.


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    DBAN is a great wiping tool. We run that on the system, drill a few holes on to the platter and then end up hammering a bit and then chucking out the disc. Hope that helps you

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