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Which is the best?
i don't care if it costs money, if it just is secure.
But freeware is better

It also needs to be fast 4tb isn't going to be clean very fast anyway but if the program is slow too it will take ages..

but i think active kill disk is a good one.
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DBAN, KillDisk, Diskpart - Clean All, DD from any distro, etc
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post #3 of 6
If you're selling the drive or tossing it in the garbage (or perhaps giving it away), then this is a good idea. But if this is just to format and start over, then it'll be a waste of time.

The only reason why I am saying this is because I've seen many requests here on OCN for help in doing this for the sole purpose of formatting and starting over.
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post #4 of 6
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bought it 2nd hand,
i jsut did 1 pass zeros
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post #5 of 6
Killdisk, DBAN, and all of the others are NOT formatting programs. They wipe the disk, but do NOT format them. For the most part all they do is automate the zero fill process to write multiple passes of 1's and 0's.

The best formatting program is the one included in your OS install disk. Once you did the Zero Fill just use that to format the disk.
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post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by runeazn View Post
bought it 2nd hand,
i jsut did 1 pass zeros
Oh, that's good enough then.
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