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Microwave it. biggrin.gif Or use Eraser instead.
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A magnet is definitely not what you want to use. It'll basically destroy the drive. The arm is metal too, so it'll grab the arm/eye and probably damage it

So come up with a suggestion then please?

I've tried Darik's and Roadkill, neither seem suited to new hardware. Dariks wouldn't run full stop, i tried disabling ACHI removing any USB hubs and still nothing, Roadkill doesn't see the drives, only the USB hub drive.. Surely it shouldn't be this hard ? I mean we've all had to RMA drives before haven't we?
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So come up with a suggestion then please?
I've tried Darik's and Roadkill, neither seem suited to new hardware. Dariks wouldn't run full stop, i tried disabling ACHI removing any USB hubs and still nothing, Roadkill doesn't see the drives, only the USB hub drive.. Surely it shouldn't be this hard ? I mean we've all had to RMA drives before haven't we?

How to properly remove data from a hard drive
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Get a few strong magnets and place them on the drive.

A magnet is definitely not what you want to use. It'll basically destroy the drive. The arm is metal too, so it'll grab the arm/eye and probably damage it

A magnet -> hdd is what you do when the FBI is at your door lachen.gif
RMA = FBI biggrin.gif
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So come up with a suggestion then please?
I've tried Darik's and Roadkill, neither seem suited to new hardware. Dariks wouldn't run full stop, i tried disabling ACHI removing any USB hubs and still nothing, Roadkill doesn't see the drives, only the USB hub drive.. Surely it shouldn't be this hard ? I mean we've all had to RMA drives before haven't we?

How to properly remove data from a hard drive
Weird, google doesn't seem to be reading minds today. thinking.gif
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How to properly remove data from a hard drive

You're a funny guy !

NOT !

I've come to the best place.. A forum where people like talking about harddrives... What more specialized can you get ?

I'll give eraser a go !
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RMA = FBI biggrin.gif

When dealing with XFX, yes biggrin.gif
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You're a funny guy !
NOT !
I've come to the best place.. A forum where people like talking about harddrives... What more specialized can you get ?
I'll give eraser a go !

I'd use Eraser

Also, look at this: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_to_permanently_delete_data.php
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That fricking Eraser is a load of crap too.. Doesn't want to do an entire drive, just files on a drive... Tried to run it on unused disk space and it completed with errors .... doesn't think to tell you with what errors mind.

Why can't it be a simple procedure... click this... are you sure its gonna take a few hrs... yes.... boom

Not 100 options, which seem to not work anyways !
post #18 of 25
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i'm just going to run bitlocker on it... even if they reformat it to access it it would seem like madness to me that they could recover after bitlocker has been run.
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FINALLY !!!! After spending the night running bitlocker, during this i spent more time on the internet and for the sake of those who read this, I finally found some data shredding software that works as its supposed too. After waiting for the encryption to finish, i was able to finally run this software and this one ACTUALLY WORKS !!!

Disk Wipe from www.diskwipe.org

Free, simple to use.

I went ahead and just went with the one pass.. After all the drive was encrypted anyway.

Besides which - One pass it seems is enough.

https://www.anti-forensics.com/disk-wiping-one-pass-is-enough-part-2-this-time-with-screenshots/

Just adding this info for the sake of others in the same boat. This damn thing had me stumped for the best part of an eve, trying to get new hardware to work with what is mostly old software out there.

That Darik's DBAN was particularly finicky.
post #20 of 25
DBAN aka Darik's Boot and Nuke, http://www.dban.org/

EDIT: any secure wipe is indeed gonna take while because it writes 1s and then 0s and then 1s again onto each byte so as to not leave any "magnetic residue" for lack of better words. And yes 1 wipe/pass is/can usually be enough but, multipass gaurentees it.
Edited by cdoublejj - 9/26/12 at 3:10am
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