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Gah, it says it's going to take 1 day and 10 ten hours...
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Gah, it says it's going to take 1 day and 10 ten hours...

Burn yo drives!
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Burn yo drives!
May need to return it. I don't think they'll accept it if it's burned.
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I think spybot may have some drive shredder tools. +1 on CCleaner though.
 
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Don't know why it hasn't been mentioned yet, but what you need is DBAN mate. That's a very good program for secure erasing your HDDs, there are a number of different methods you can choose ranging form Department of Defence method (3 passes) to the crazy Gutmann method (35 passes!).
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I think spybot may have some drive shredder tools. +1 on CCleaner though.
Ya CCleaner is awesome.

>>>>>

I have soaked a drive in water once. And then snapped parts of it off. And scratched it up. And then I set it on fire.

I put it back in but it didn't work confused.gifconfused.gifconfused.gif(/s)
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Don't know why it hasn't been mentioned yet, but what you need is DBAN mate. That's a very good program for secure erasing your HDDs, there are a number of different methods you can choose ranging form Department of Defence method (3 passes) to the crazy Gutmann method (35 passes!).
Yeah cheers, I'm running CCleaner at the moment. It's got a whole day and five hours or something to go, it's doing one pass and erasing the entire drive. (It's got options for 35x too.)
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Windows actually can do this, and you don't need third party tools:

1) Open up command prompt.

2) type "diskpart" and hit enter.

3) type list disk to slow the list of disks in your system.

4) type "select disk #" to select the disk you want.

5) use the "clean all" command to write zeros to the entire disk.
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If possible take drive out of enclosure and connect inside of a PC. Then download Hirens boot CD and run the corresponding tool for the manufacture of the hard drive to return it to factory stock with all 0's.
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Windows actually can do this, and you don't need third party tools:
1) Open up command prompt.
2) type "diskpart" and hit enter.
3) type list disk to slow the list of disks in your system.
4) type "select disk #" to select the disk you want.
5) use the "clean all" command to write zeros to the entire disk.
Ah thanks, good to know.
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If possible take drive out of enclosure and connect inside of a PC. Then download Hirens boot CD and run the corresponding tool for the manufacture of the hard drive to return it to factory stock with all 0's.
Ah, I don't really have a PC I can just throw it in I'm afraid.
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The most secure is in my thread > http://www.overclock.net/t/1221707/acetylene-oxygen-cutting-torch-vs-hard-disk-platter#post_16576869
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