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  • Best External HD Cleaner software?

    I need to really clean some HDs - like govt clean. Any suggested software?

  • #2
    Disassemble HD, remove platters, wipe down vigorously with a strong magnet (the ones on the back of the woofers in an RS-750 will suffice), triple wrap them in ziplocks, place on several bricks and proceed to smash them with a 20lb sledgehammer.

    I know of WHAT to do for a good clean wipe, I just don't know of any freeware tools out there to do it.. I have an older copy of Partition Magic that does have a wipe feature. Other partitioning software probably offer similar features.

    ..dane
    (The first to sport a signature on TCAforum..)
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a great burden." - Philo of Alexandria
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    • #3
      :) Thanks, Dane. I shoulda specified I'd like to use 'em again.

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      • #4
        There should be several freeware "wipe" programs that will overwrite the HDD with all zeroes. Even ones that'll do multiple passes.

        Go to www.nanoags.com and look under disk tools (I THINK that's the category) for the freeware category. Should be more than one there.

        If it's for your own personal use, though, there is less need to do a secure wipe, I'd say. A full format (not quick) should be fine, and would even help ID bad sectors if they exist.

        Whatever the case, good luck!
        What if the Hokey-Pokey really IS what it's all about?!

        Kinky Tom!

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        • #5
          DBAN is supposed to be very good.

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          • #6
            DBAN may work for you - http://www.dban.org/

            Govt of Canada and several state / county offices use it.

            Download here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/

            supposedly version 2.0 supports USB drives. I've only used it for internal drives though.

            NOTE: "DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect" - so I'd suggest removing or disconnecting any internal drives you don't want to wipe just in case

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JazzySmooth
              NOTE: "DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect" - so I'd suggest removing or disconnecting any internal drives you don't want to wipe just in case

              I wondered about that. Thanks for the warning.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dawgfan
                :) Thanks, Dane. I shoulda specified I'd like to use 'em again.
                Ohhh.... now you go adding more conditions to your request.. :D

                ..dane
                (The first to sport a signature on TCAforum..)
                "Be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a great burden." - Philo of Alexandria
                "Love God and be nice to people." - Brooks Everett of CBC
                d&k's webpage

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                • #9
                  First Post!

                  CCleaner.com v2.19.901 FREEWARE

                  Under Settings you can select Secure file deletion:

                  Simple overwrite (1 pass)
                  DOD 5220.22-M (3 passes)
                  NSA (7 passes) or
                  Gutmann (35 passes)

                  plus select drives to wipe free space

                  I use it several times a week - highly recommended

                  ***Lurker from head-fi.org, but I think there's a Gizmo in my future...
                  PC> Kimber Kable> bel canto USB Link 24/96> Stereovox XV2> PS Audio DLIII / Cullen Stage III to:

                  RS 15-242 RCA cables> MisterX PPA w/Glassman 2nd Gen. buffers> Cardas> HD600;

                  and Live Wire XLR-RCA adapter> Zu Pivot> Audioengine A5s

                  FS: Scott Nixon usbchibi + wall wart PS - retails $250, asking $175 shipped.

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                  • #10
                    I was looking through some programs out of curiosity, and this seems most intriguing to me.
                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDDerase
                    http://cmrr.ucsd.edu/people/Hughes/SecureErase.shtml

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the additional suggestions. I already use CCleaner, but didn't notice that it had the secure file deletion features. I really like the CMRR stuff too.

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