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I am about to erase a HDD w/ ONTRACK DataEraser. It is asking for me to "Define final overwrite [hex] pattern.".

I have used this prog before, but I am curious if any of the following choices is better than the other(s), & possibly why - if someone has a moment.

I can use ANY in combination of 2 alpha-numeric & punctuation (!@#$%^&*()_+-=[]\\{}|;':",./<>?`~) for the over write. To include letters in <caps>.

ALSO! How many "passes" should I allow it to do?

Thanks.
    
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Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 60GB SATA II MLC Pioneer BDR-205BKS (BD-R) & DVR-216DBK (DVD+/-RW) MS Windows 7 Ultimate - x64 Hanns-G 22" LCD @ 1920x1080p via HDMI 
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