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Hey guys,

I have a HDD im going to sell to a guy but I just want to make sure all of my data is off of it. I only installed Windows 7 professional (did NOT enter CD key) and my mobo utilities drivers. I tried dban several times but its not working for me and I really dont want to give the seller any bit of data. Could someone please help. redface.gif

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Rub some earth magnets over the area where the platters are.
    
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Format it...?
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How is DBAN not working for you?

As in "you can't get the software to work"? or as in "it's not secure enough for you".

If you can't get the software to work, then you probably did burn the bookable disk properly. In which case we need more info to troubleshoot. There are special tools for making bootable disks.

If it's not secure enough, then your insane. DBAN supports the methods that the goverment uses to wipe hard drives. If DBAN isn't secure enough, then the government shreds the hard drive, then incinerates the shredded pieces, then mixes the ashes with water. If you go that route,....chances are, it will be hard to sell your hard drive. lolol

If you wiped windows off it, then why do you care? What could the buyer possibly recover? Unless you have MySocialSecurityNumber.txt or MyCreditCardNumbers.doc saved on there, (lol) no one cares.

http://hackaday.com/2008/09/16/how-to-thermite-based-hard-drive-anti-forensic-destruction/ Thermite does a pretty good job of wiping a hard drive. thumb.gif
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 3/28/12 at 9:44am
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Tried running Dban on auto mode from a CD?
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Im not questioning if Dban is effective, I just cant get it to work. I download the file onto my computer then downloaded the recommended program to burn it onto the CD but whenever I boot from the disk drive it it just says "booting from disk drive....loading OS.." so thats the part where its not working for me
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umm..try the dban that's on Ultimate Boot Cd?
I wonder if you just formatted it with linux ..then re-formatted to ntfs if that would work
 
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Did you have a method of verifying the data on the CD after burning? I've been screwed by that in the past. What tool did you use to burn it?
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There are other programs that work just like Dban. I don't remember any right off the top of my head though. Try researching one like that.

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Did you have a method of verifying the data on the CD after burning? I've been screwed by that in the past. What tool did you use to burn it?

ISO burn has a verifier (sp).
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Boot to a USB flash drive. Microsoft has a tool for setting up a USB flash drive from a ISO to be bootable. I think this is the right link --> http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool There is other free tool for setting a USB flash drive to be bootable.
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