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Thanks for the answers, i think im going to perform a gutmann full disk wipe with DBAN or something and then sell the disk
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Anyone saying use Magnets, sorry to tell you doesn't work these day's unless you have a good de-gausser or other strong electro magnet even then you're still hard pressed to cause data loss on newer hard drives.
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Anyone saying use Magnets, sorry to tell you doesn't work these day's unless you have a good de-gausser or other strong electro magnet even then you're still hard pressed to cause data loss on newer hard drives.
it actually does work on newer drives i actually just did it a few weeks ago with a fridge magnet on a seagate barracuda 1tb it screwed it up so that bios and windows wouldnt even recognize it u have to actually stick the magnet to the hard drive
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What I do is use the shred command under linux:

shred -n 25 -zrf /dev/<drive> Then I write over that with random bits 5 times. After that you cannot recover any of the data no matter how hard you try.
 
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What I do is use the shred command under linux:

shred -n 25 -zrf /dev/<drive> Then I write over that with random bits 5 times. After that you cannot recover any of the data no matter how hard you try.
oooo i forgot about the shred command that does nicley combined with writing a bunch of random garbage over the drive
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post #17 of 22
ccleaner has most of the popular wipe options... (gutmann,dod,nsa, and simple over right... you will need to have a separate drive to boot from if you want to erase a whole disk though..)

if you don't have an extra disk then use killdisk which you can put on a flashdrive, then just boot from the said flashdrive
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it actually does work on newer drives i actually just did it a few weeks ago with a fridge magnet on a seagate barracuda 1tb it screwed it up so that bios and windows wouldnt even recognize it u have to actually stick the magnet to the hard drive
I gotta call b.s. on that, a drive would be recognizable as firmware is stored on non magnetic flash memory so a magnet would not be able to make a drive unrecognizable in bios, it may be able to wipe the MBR making partitions and data appear unrecognized to an OS, but thats about it.
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Best way by far.
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CCleaner -> Wipe Free Space with secure deletion on = done
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