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    boot and nuke

    What's the best software for this? Just downloaded some software marked Beta, don't really want to use it..

    I just want to clean my external hard drive which I will be sending for RMA.
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    Re: boot and nuke

    I like Darik's Boot&Nuke aka dban, and if the one for newer chipsets & dual core cpus is still marked beta I can confirm that it does a really good job still.

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    Re: boot and nuke

    I'll just add that I think it was proven that seven passes will make it literally impossible to recover any data. Although this may take a while on huge hard drives

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    Re: boot and nuke

    Quote Originally Posted by Repressor View Post
    I'll just add that I think it was proven that seven passes will make it literally impossible to recover any data. Although this may take a while on huge hard drives
    I assume that you mean Peter Gutmann's work (the Gutmann method uses 35 passes IIRC)? Realistically though, a single pass of zeros will do the job and much faster than a random pattern. Nobody is going to be that interested in OP's pr0n stash that they'll put in the effort required to recover it after that.

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    Re: boot and nuke

    Quote Originally Posted by .walls View Post
    I assume that you mean Peter Gutmann's work (the Gutmann method uses 35 passes IIRC)? Realistically though, a single pass of zeros will do the job and much faster than a random pattern. Nobody is going to be that interested in OP's pr0n stash that they'll put in the effort required to recover it after that.
    But recovered pr0n is the best!
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    Re: boot and nuke

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    But recovered pr0n is the best!
    I'm not sure about that.... I mean what if you went to all the trouble (and once it's been overwritten with zeros, it's more than just "install this software and have a scan to recover it") just to find that all the OP's pr0n was of the "girls and cup" variety?

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    Re: boot and nuke

    I think it would be worth the lol's to recover it and to end up with just generic stuff.

    I use incinerator from system mechanic but again thats not a free software so I can't give you any other advice

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    Re: boot and nuke

    DBAN - I use the 3 pass version quite alot. The new beta versions just add usb support etc

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    Re: boot and nuke

    As others have said, DBAN is pretty standard and does a very good job, but if you have linux installed, then you can use
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    dd if=/dev/zero*** of=/dev/sdb
    assuming that /dev/sdb is the drive you want to nuke.

    *** You could use /dev/random or /dev/urandom as well, but they are slower.

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    Re: boot and nuke

    Guys, I just want to get rid of my linux distro's that's all.
    Hello, i'm spaced. Lover of mountains and lakes.

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    Re: boot and nuke

    Quote Originally Posted by spac3d View Post
    Guys, I just want to get rid of my linux distro's that's all.
    lol... after a one-pass zero fill (the dd command mentioned above will do it perfectly), the data is gone. Completely, utterly and irretrievably. Any reputable data recovery firm will tell you the same.

    Incidentally, a full format in Vista or Win 7 also performs a zero-fill (this wasn't the case in XP and before).

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