This is topic Does anyone know of a free utility for wiping drives? in forum Books, Films, Food and Culture at Hatrack River Forum. To visit this topic, use this URL: http://www.hatrack.com/ubb/main/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=037151 Posted by Dagonee (Member # 5818) on : August 14, 2005 08:50 AM
We're donating an old computer, and want to make sure information isn't recoverable like it is w/ fdisk. It's Win 98, if that matters.
Posted by Kwea (Member # 2199) on : August 14, 2005 09:13 AM
Try Windex, my screen is ALWAYS clean using it...
Posted by Sid Meier (Member # 6965) on : August 14, 2005 09:28 AM
Posted by Dagonee (Member # 5818) on : August 14, 2005 09:32 AM
Ooh, I found this. It makes a boot disk with a Linux kernel. Boot the disk, and you can wipe all drives. Seems to work great. Kwea: Sid, partition managers by default don't prevent the data from being readable. There are recovery tools that can get at some of the data. Some partition managers have that feature, but I don't have any of them.
Posted by TomDavidson (Member # 124) on : August 14, 2005 09:39 AM
If time is not an issue, Dag, you can use this: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0%2Cfid%2C22920%2C00.asp It'll write zeroes to every sector on your drive once. (The pay version writes three times, and is thus DoD-compliant.) But it's slow. I hear this one's a bit faster: http://dban.sourceforge.net/
Posted by Dagonee (Member # 5818) on : August 14, 2005 10:10 AM
Dban's the one I found. It ain't a speed demon either (it's 1/3 of the way through the second pass), but it's doing it without me Once would have been enough - I'm not expecting someone to try to read the magnetic encoding directly. I've just read enough articles about people buying uses computers which have only been fdisked that I wanted an actual erasure. Thanks. I'll make a note of both of them for the future.
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