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Complete wiping of hard drive - shred, wipe or dd?

I need to wipe all data of a number of hard drives, from Ubuntu Linux. I have found three command line tools: shred, wipe and dd. It seems kind of random what people recommend. Sometimes someone ...
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Wiping only part of a partition on an HDD

I have an HDD which has failed in my NAS, and which I want to return to the manufacturer. I want to remove the data first since I had not encrypted the drive. The drive is recognized by Windows and ...
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Zeroing a 1 TB HD for Return

I recently purchased a 1 TB hard drive to replace the failed one in a laptop. However, this new drive is not working as well (as fast) as expected and I would like to return it. As of now, I have only ...
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HDPARM Security Erase issue

I have bought a used Agility 3 SSD. And I wanted to wipe out data from my Linux box using hdparm. But it was not OK. Here are the steps I followed: # hdparm --user-master u --security-set-pass 1 ...
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(How) Can I re-use an external USB hard drive after I DBAN it?

Does anyone have experience with letting Darik's Boot and Nuke loose on an external USB hard disk, and then setting up that disk again for normal use? I want to completely wipe my Toshiba ...
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How to wipe SSDs with a report?

I have a bunch of SSD's that needs a secure wiping as there is sensitive data on it, but the program I use also have to give me some kind of report. I am doing this for another person, so it is ...
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What is the difference between ATA Secure Erase and Security Erase? How can I ensure they worked?

I'd like to wipe a stack of drives (spinning and SSD) securely. I'm familiar with the ATA Secure Erase (SE) command via hdparm, but I'm not sure if I should use the Security Erase (SE+) command ...
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Linux boot CD with a RAM wipe program on laptop with no hard drive

I'm looking to run a very basic Linux installation (from CD) in RAM on a laptop with no hard drive installed. The purpose of the laptop is to verify the contents of a router as it's recovered from ...
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Why did System Restore wipe out a complete desktop, and a lot of files on the primary partition?

The PC was running unusually slow so I thought I'd restore it to a few days back and see what happens. I put up system restore point to 2 days ago, that's 11th of May. And when I loaded Windows again ...
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my home dir is emptied by windows?

My notebook (xp) has recently broke down, and I moved its HDD to my desktop (xp) as a slave drive, to access my data. To work with more or less the same environment as before, I set the home dir of ...
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Securely wiping a file on a tmpfs

I have a script that decrypts some data to a tmpfs, the directory is secure (permissions), the machine's swap is encrypted (random key on boot) and when the script is done it does a 35 pass wipe ...
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How do I wipe a hard drive using Backtrack 5 RC3?

I need to wipe an entire hard drive and the only tools I have are Backtrack 5 RC3 and the internet. Apparently earlier versions of Backtrack had a tool to wipe the hard drive, called wipe. I need to ...
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Are there options for disk wiping software that do not require booting into the software first?

I have an external hard disk and a HDD that was formally internal but is now connected via a SATA-to-USB adapter. I'd like to wipe both drives, but I feel uncomfortable booting into DBAN and other ...
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Can DBAN be run on Sun Ultra systems?

I'm working with a Sun Microsystems Ultra 10 and want to wipe the contents of it's hard drive. I have a Rescue CD with DBAN on it but the computer won't boot to it. Why not? Can I make it? I'm ...
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Second SATA harddrive not showing

I've been tasked with wiping the data of a ton of hard drives. To wipe I use DBAN from a System Rescue CD. The tower I'm using has multiple SATA connectors. I can wipe one hard drive no problem but if ...
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If I run DBAN once again after eight passes, is it as secure as running it once?

I ran DBAN with eight passes, and then I ran it with one pass again. Does that mean my hard drive is as secured as with one pass, or with eight?
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Has DBAN completed wiping when it's showing an advertisement?

I ran DBAN (Darik's Boot And Nuke) on my notebook. When it finished, it showed a message saying "press any key to continue". When I pressed a key, I got an advertisement page, and then it stopped. ...
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How do I do a wipe and re-install on my Windows 7 HP Laptop while keeping Office Starter?

I have an HP Pavilion dv7 laptop that came with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 and Office Starter. It's been running slowly lately, so I want to wipe it. I have a Windows 7 HP disk (did not come with the ...
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dban from within linux? or a close enough alternative?

I have a computer with multiple SATA hard disks connected through SATA. The first one has my OS/grub etc and the rest I want to clean and sell. All the questions I see on the web typically involve ...
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wiping partitions from hard drive

I've tried using Computer Management to remove the partitions from a hard drive, but there are no options for them (other than E:). Is there a way to enable options to remove the partitions? I'm ...
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Is that possible (theorically) to recover after each bit is set to 0 and how [closed]

In Wiping a Hard Drive With DD, the author said: Due to the way hard drives are made it is often possible to determine what was written beneath the most current write operation. If you write the ...
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Difference between DBAN and dd command to securely wipe a HDD

I have read about dd and see that it can be used to securely wipe a HDD. But there is also a program called DBAN to wipe the HDD as well. I know that using a live gnu-linux ISO I can wipe my HDD by ...
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Can random data from a wipe or encryption of a full drive result in fake partitions appearing in the MBR? [closed]

QUESTION : Can the apparently "random"-ish data written to a full drive (not just a partition) during a random "wipe" or encryption be somehow interpreted by the computer as having a "valid" MBR ...
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zero fill vs random fill

Many tutorials suggest that i should fill a disk with /dev/urandom instead of /dev/zero if i want it to be unrecoverable. But I don't quite get it, how can a disk still be recoverable after being ...
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why writing 0's or random binary over you data just once isnt fully secure?

When wiping data with some programs you get different levels of 'security', i.e. the number of times they overwrite the data. A basic level may be just overwriting it with 0's or random binary ...
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How to wipe a specific region of a hard drive partition?

I need to wipe (securely erase) a specific part (the last third) of a partition, wiping the whole partition free space is not an option (as other regions contain deleted data that must stay ...
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Darik's Boot And Nuke - ERROR /dev/sda

I'm trying to wipe the drive of an old company computer with DBAN so I can install Redhat Enterprise and learn Linux (it's a Dell Inspiron 1210, if that matters). I burnt DBAN to a CD and boot from ...
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How to wipe Macintosh OS X v10.5.8 but leave software and OS?

Are there any free tools to wipe the user contents of a Macintosh running OS X v10.5.8 to keep the operating system and software products installed but remove any user data for selling the computer to ...
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How can I wipe a broken hard disk drive before sending it back to the manufacturer for maintenance?

The hard drive of my laptop died, the manufacturer wants me to send it so that they can investigate, but I'm concerned that the drive might contain sensitive information. When I say the drive is ...
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How do you stop the Ubuntu “wipe” (wiping an NTFS disk) in progress?

I didn't realise that the Linux wipe utility runs 25 passes by default. I'm wiping a 320 GB external disk drive, (it's about 25% into Pass 3 started around 4 PM yesterday, it's now 1 PM). Can I just ...
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Checking if any data exists on a presumably empty storage device

So, say you've completed a full pass of: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1M Then, you'd like to make sure the destination has been really zeroed out (ignoring the confirmation messages from dd ...
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Wiping Hard Drive after BIOS has been edited?

I salvaged an old tower from a warehouse. It actually works fine and boots up into XP. The only problem is that XP is locked with a password, and I think there is a delay after 5 attempts, so I do not ...
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Which tool should I use to wipe free space on Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to quickly and effectively wipe a Win7 x64 hard drive Which tool should I use to wipe free space on Windows 7? It should be free and preferably open source.
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Is it possible to wipe SSD with strong magnetic force?

I know it is possible to wipe a hard disk, but I'm wondering if something similar can be done to SSD disks as well?
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How do I clean format an SSD when it is the only hard drive from which I can boot?

I have an SSD I want to wipe and reset (I'm giving it to my little brother). Most SSDs come with software that can do a secure erase, but they are unable to operate when you are booted from the drive ...
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Wipe PC and reinstall Windows from upgrade disc?

My parents got a new computer. I'm going to prep their old one for sale. So, first step of course is to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the OS. But, there's a potential problem: They installed ...
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How to quickly and effectively wipe a Win7 x64 hard drive

I have a Windows 7 Enterprise x64 system and need to wipe the 1.5TB hard disk drive quickly and effectively. Quick, I guess, is a relative term; so more quickly than I've seen with some wipe utilities ...
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How often do you have to wipe/shred your files, to make them not undeletable

If you have a private data on a recent, normal hard drive - how often do you have to delete the data, to make it unrecoverable. Not in the sense, that a forensic team of 20 experts with a budget of ...
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how long to zero a drive with dd? [closed]

How long will it take to zero fill 1TB (using dd dev/zero)? I'm actually doing two 500G drive simultaneously if it matters.
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How to reset an NTFS MFT for no tracks of deleted files names to be found there?

When a file is deleted from the hard drive and the free space it used to occupy is securely overwritten (wiped), recovery tools can still usually find the file was there and show its name. As far as I ...
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Why some recovery tools are still able to find deleted files after I purge Recycle Bin, defrag the disk and zero-fill free space?

As far as I understand, when I delete (without using Recycle Bin) a file, its record is removed from the file system table of contents (FAT/MFT/etc...) but the values of the disk sectors which were ...
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Data Shredder software [closed]

We use "eraser" and "o&o safe erase" to shred important documents on hard disk. Does anyone use another software in Windows for wiping, what are the advantages ? Thank you very much.
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How can I be sure that no one will try to recover my files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Best (preferably free) tool to wipe deleted files on an NTFS filesystem Is there a program to truly delete all deleted files? Erasing data before selling a computer ...
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Can Windows 7 cipher.exe securely wipe USB drive?

Using the command line tool cipher.exe built into Windows 7, can it be used to securely wipe a USB attached drive?
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How to delete password in vim without storing it in a register?

I have a password in a text file. I'm editing the file in vim and I want to delete the password. If I just delete it, say with 'dw', it's stored in several registers. I want to avoid keeping any track ...
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how to restore windows 7 to a know working state every time it boots

A couple of days ago my mother asked me to set up a computer at her house, she wants to use it to basic web browsing, video chat and nothing more. The problem is, neither my mother nor my sister know ...
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Is using multiple passes for wiping a disk really necessary?

To stupid people, like me, you would have thought overwriting each bit on a disk would render the data completely unrecoverable. Why do disk wiping tools have the option for multiple passes, i.e. 3 ...
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Bootable program to format the internal HDD?

I seriously need to low format my netbook's HDD and I cannot find any tools on the web! Can someone please point me to a tool for formatting any disks? (preferably free; not necessarily) The reason ...
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How to wipe a hard drive so that it's safe to recycle (while keeping the recovery partition intact)

My aunt and grandparents have some computers that they want to get rid of, all of them have windowx-xp and a recovery partition (which allows them to restore the computer to factory settings). So what ...
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How can I wipe a flash drive from Linux?

I recently used a flash drive to try MeeGo on my netbook. Unfortunately, the application I used to write MeeGo to the flash drive created a new partition in a rather unusual format. The Ubuntu disk ...