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Secure Delete – Darik’s Nuke and Boot: DBAN

24/08/2012

If you wish to recycle old hard drives, without data leakage, then you need to  will securely delete the entire drive.

How do I securely delete an entire drive?

Use Darik’s Nuke and Boot

Good features are:

  • It’s Free
  • Crossplatform: Windows, Linux, Unix
  • Ultimate in destruction – there’s no recovery once you’ve gone down this road.

Alas,

  • Usability is a bit scary, for those used to a Windows GUI.
  • Ultimate in destruction – there’s no recovery once you’ve gone down this road.

Advice from CNET:

There are two work flows for using DBAN. When it loads, you can type “autonuke” and press Enter. From there, DBAN will show you the progress being made on wiping your hard drive’s data. Larger HDs will take longer, of course. There’s a more configurable option, as well. Hit Enter at the start-up screen, and the Interactive mode will let you select specific hard drives or partitions to be shredded. Use the space bar and up-arrow and down-arrow keys to navigate and select from shredding algorithm options, and press F10 to start the process.

Where can I download it?

Sourceforge – DBAN

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

How do I use it?

Download the ISO, burn to a CD.

Reset your computer BIOS, to boot from the CD.

Load the CD, and boot your machine.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/#screenshots

Take care of your options here, and play about with a drive that has no real data on it, to get a feel of how DBAN works, or stay with it’s “Automatic” option.

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