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OK, so I work in the PACS department (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) at my local hospital and we just recently upgraded the LTS rack from 32TB to 75TB. The old rack has 32 1TB HDD's (7200rpm Hitachi Ultrastars) which I have been instructed to destroy due to the patient data on them. Seeing a nice opportunity I asked if I could keep the drives instead if they could be successfully and permanently erased and was told that was OK. So now I need to figure out a way to permanently erase these drives so that no patient data can ever be recovered. Is this possible or even worth the trouble. They are 2010 HDD's and I'm not sure how much wear is on them though likely a lot as we had filled up almost the entire 32TB. Let me know if there are any options here for me to keep these drives rather than destroying them as the sight of 32TB of HDD space has me drooling over the possibilities. If I can get them erased I would likely put together a nice little RAID array on my folding PC using 4-5 of them and use it as a temporary server until I can build a proper NAS. Thanks for any suggestions you may have! thumb.gif
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Darek's Boot and Nuke.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Silvos00 View Post

Darek's Boot and Nuke.

I agree with this, I've heard great things about this program.

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post #4 of 12
You can run Darek's boot and nuke (DBAN) on them which is essentially overwriting every block of data with zero's or any program that does the same thing. Be warned this can take a really long time if you run multiple passes per drive.

Damn Ninja'd.
    
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Thanks guys! What do you think of the idea though? Worth it?
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You don't want to use all zeros, you want to use the random or some algorithmic multipass version to securely destroy all the data.
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It's what we use at work. Writes everything on the drive to 0, then back to a 1, then back to a 0. DoD standard.

Edit: I think the DoD 3 pass usss Mersinne Twister.
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Quote:
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Thanks guys! What do you think of the idea though? Worth it?

its virtually free, why not.
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DBAN 3-5 passes should take about 1-4 hour per drive
Edited by ozlay - 3/26/14 at 3:57pm
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Send them to me, it's the obvious solution.
   
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