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I have a drive I'm going to give to a friend since I got a new one and he wants to expand his storage, but mine has sensitive stuff on it (school docs, passwords, and so on). I already backed it up, but I don't know of any free drive wiping software. I know for a fact you can still recover bits and pieces of data, even with the Windows tool, as I've tried it. If I remember right, zero-filling the drive is the most secure way. So what is a free program that can do this?
 

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I have a really small data limit, and 500MB would take up about 1/4 of my allowed monthly usage. Any programs that run on Windows maybe? I have an adapter so I can plug the drive in and run it off a USB port which is how I'm gonna have to do it, since I'm parting out the PC too because I'm building another one. If you cant think of an actual program, I guess I'll go along with that.
 

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I have a really small data limit, and 500MB would take up about 1/4 of my allowed monthly usage. Any programs that run on Windows maybe? I have an adapter so I can plug the drive in and run it off a USB port which is how I'm gonna have to do it, since I'm parting out the PC too because I'm building another one. If you cant think of an actual program, I guess I'll go along with that.
DBAN is only 10mb for the iso.
 

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I have a really small data limit, and 500MB would take up about 1/4 of my allowed monthly usage. Any programs that run on Windows maybe? I have an adapter so I can plug the drive in and run it off a USB port which is how I'm gonna have to do it, since I'm parting out the PC too because I'm building another one. If you cant think of an actual program, I guess I'll go along with that.
Windows itself has a format mode to do a zero write.

1) Map the drive on an existing Windows OS.
2) Open command prompt.
3) Run format [Drive letter] /fs:NTFS /p:2

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ht/write-zeros-format-command.htm
 
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