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    Killing Hard Disk

    Currently using Kill Disk to erase my 160GB Hard drives. Taking AAAAGGGEEESSS, using US DoD erase method. Not even done the first pass yet and I started it at 9am! Currently 26% with 31hrs left! Have two of these to do so will be a while.

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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    you could use the D-Ban Harddrive Nuke as it will give you a view more options for erasing the disks, even the quick run one can take 4 hours+ on a 500gb hd

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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    I use the linux DD command to write all zeros to the disk. Takes a while and theoretically not as secure as a DoD wipe - but unless you are really paranoid and going to start taking the disk apart and looking at the platters under a tunnelling Electron microspe (or other invasive techniques) its good enough - particularly if you are going to re-use the disks in house.

    Still takes an age though - but it is only one pass. You are writing to every single location on the disk so it will take a while!

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/xxx

    (where xxx is the drive in question, hda, hdb, sda or whatever)
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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    Eraser works well for me.... It takes a long time too though, but it can do DoD and other fancy stuff

    I would be scared to do the linux one, just in case I get the wrong drive

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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    Got the D-Ban, does more than one hard drive at a time which is great!

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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Eraser works well for me.... It takes a long time too though, but it can do DoD and other fancy stuff

    I would be scared to do the linux one, just in case I get the wrong drive
    Too true! (As I discovered the other day when I accidentally wrote a disk image to my Ipod instead of the USB disk drive. It got very sad as its OS and data partitions were splattered with the data!! one of those "Oh n..." moments!)
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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    Quote Originally Posted by Stringent View Post
    Got the D-Ban, does more than one hard drive at a time which is great!
    Yeah that is the bonus of it

    I set all four of the drives in the raid going at the same time, not to much slow down on the speeds either

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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    A shotgun and a flamethrower can kill a drive too.

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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    I'd also recommend D-ban or Eraser which has a handy erase recycle bin / right click delete as well...

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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    Are these the programs, which write lots of Zeros?

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    Re: Killing Hard Disk

    Do as peterb says, just write zeros. Recovery is impossible, ignore the paranoid and uninformed!

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