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I might have to return my current WD Green Drive for a replacement to a higher tier HDD. Unless i manged to get another deal with them later on.

My question is how do i completely wipe my drive of Data? And how long would it take?
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write zeros to em
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An hour or two. Do a single pass using a utility on this boot disk:

 

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

 

Nothing more than a single pass is necessary. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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write zeros to em

Why not DoD 5220.22-M?

I'm going to use HD Tune Pro i suppose?

I want a complete erase no recovery.
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
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Why not DoD 5220.22-M?

I'm going to use HD Tune Pro i suppose?

I want a complete erase no recovery.

 

Not necessary. Just do a single write of zeros and call it a day. To recover data from a single zero pass has never been accomplished.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Powermonkey500 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Speedster159 View Post

Why not DoD 5220.22-M?


I'm going to use HD Tune Pro i suppose?


I want a complete erase no recovery.

Not necessary. Just do a single write of zeros and call it a day. To recover data from a single zero pass has never been accomplished.

How long would it take on 1TB ST2 Drive? With my Sig Rig?
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Zero write is no recovery... unless you know someone with an electron microscope and ok with statistical estimation with a high degree of uncertainty.
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Not necessary. Just do a single write of zeros and call it a day. To recover data from a single zero pass has never been accomplished.
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post #9 of 11
I remember the old days of floppy discs where you just held a magnet over the disc for a bit. Radio Shack used to sell them and looked like a small hand held vibrating sander, acted in the same manner too. I wonder if something like that would work on a hdd.
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What program from that list would you use?

I am selling a old computer and I need to wipe the HD for a new install of the OS.
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