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Anyone know of one? I need to format something using zero all data option, cant find anything.
    
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When DBAN is finished with your hard drives, the master boot record, partition table, and every sector of the drive will have been overwritten in accordance with one of five well-regarded industry guidelines. DBAN is powerful stuff and has been used by US federal agencies, such as the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), to prepare machines for disposal.

In addition to removing personal data, DBAN can also be used to return drives to a pristine state for reuse.
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nice rep, always wanted to know where to get this.
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Guys, something I dont have to burn onto a media disc.
    
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From the same source article in my original post
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For Windows users, Heidi Computers Ltd. offers a free open source tool called Eraser. It has a utility for creating a DBAN boot CD for drive wiping, but also runs as a desktop application that offers the ability to securely wipe only specified folders and files. Heidi Computers also hosts a DBAN support forum.
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You could install eraser on a drive and then target another drive that you wish to erase/format.
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post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by NipDar View Post
From the same source article in my original post


Eraser Link

You could install eraser on a drive and then target another drive that you wish to erase/format.
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From the same source article in my original post


Eraser Link

You could install eraser on a drive and then target another drive that you wish to erase/format.
Wow, this is the most confusing application I have ever layed eyes on. I simply can not figure out how to low level format a drive and write all zero's
    
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Here, check out this thread, good program! http://www.overclock.net/faqs/119162...ard-drive.html
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Here, check out this thread, good program! http://www.overclock.net/faqs/119162...ard-drive.html
If that works can I come over your house and kiss you?
    
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