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I need to wipe up to twelve 2.5" drives at a time. I that exact cables to do it via USB. It seems the best option I have found at the moment - I have 400 drives total to wipe and I know there are machines that can do this (built specifically for this) but I don't have or want to pay for one..

Most of the drives (if not all) have four partitions and it would be a pain to manually delete all the partitions one by one - and then format.

Is there a way to (en masse) remove all the partitions then format the drive (using a batch program via Windows XP) and do this on multiple drives at the same time? And/or a batch that will automate it for X amount of disks?

They basically need to be wiped, probably don't even need to have a NTFS partition on them, but it'd be nice if it was to save some time when these go back into machines.

Would DBAN work this for me or can I use fdisk? I'd rather deal with the physical drives rather than the logical partitions on each drive if that's an easier route to go.

Rep for informative help because this is a big deal coming up Monday...
    
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Is the security of the information currently on the drives of importance?
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Is the security of the information currently on the drives of importance?
To an extent, but if there was sensitive information I assume it's been wiped now, that's how things work where these drives came from.
    
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Okay cool, dban is more for wiping a drive so nothing is recoverable.. this is time consuming. There could be some software out there that was made for thins kind of thing but I think fdisk would be pretty good, if all the drives are the (same number of partitions) you should be able to create 12 different bat files for each drive letter and once all the hdds are plugged in you could just run them all.. rinse and repeat.
I've never done anything like this so I'm pretty much talking out of my a**.
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if you do a clean command in command promt it does a pretty good job too.

it's soemthing like disk managment

lis dis

sel dis and what ever drive number, not sure if you can select more than one

clean

you can also right click my computer hit manage then storage and use right click on all the drives to delete partitions and format.
Don't know if this helps thought i'd try.
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maybe killdisk can do it

http://www.killdisk.com/
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Okay cool, dban is more for wiping a drive so nothing is recoverable.. this is time consuming. There could be some software out there that was made for thins kind of thing but I think fdisk would be pretty good, if all the drives are the (same number of partitions) you should be able to create 12 different bat files for each drive letter and once all the hdds are plugged in you could just run them all.. rinse and repeat.
I've never done anything like this so I'm pretty much talking out of my a**.
You could create one batch file that would run all the batch files.

The way to do it would be to create one batch file that does the formatting, then copying it 11 times and editing the drive letter in each one of them.
Then have one batch file run all those 12 batch files.
One click(or double click) format 12 drives.
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Well thanks for the input I appreciate it.

I don't think FDisk will do what I need. I basically need a program that can wipe the disk entirely, no matter how many partitions there are. Meaning, I need something that can format over all the existing partitions into just one partition, and/or delete all the partitions that exist on the drive.

The problem is the way Windows will all of the drive letter assignments. Hrm...
    
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How about this?

Code:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda
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How about this?

Code:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda
Windows XP, not Linux base.

( edit )

Unless I can do this from a Ubuntu boot which is fine by me. I just don't understand what the command is/does.
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