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Hi Lads,
Is there any way I can format my HDD so when I give it to someone they can't recover the lost items/ programms and confidential information?
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Hi Lads,
Is there any way I can format my HDD so when I give it to someone they can't recover the lost items/ programms and confidential information?
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Three passes with this should be enough so no home user would be able to go back and find your stuff, although i have to ask.. Who are you giving an HDD to that would know how to find old Data?

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Three passes with this should be enough so no home user would be able to go back and find your stuff, although i have to ask.. Who are you giving an HDD to that would know how to find old Data?

http://eraser.heidi.ie/
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I was thinking of putting password on them with a software, after that I will lock and hide the programms using the same software. After this I will then use a windows CD to format the HDD. So even if they recover the information it will be locked. Is this a good idea?
 

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Formatting the drive after password protecting it would erase everything on the drive, including the protection
 

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My favorite way is to just drill press the hard drive about 3-5 times...

Macs actually do what they call a "government wipe" which is formatting and reinstalling the OS 7x before finishing. All completely automated (Wish windows would add that)

2x passes with dban should be more than enough. I usually dban 3 times (and about 5 drives) at a time at work. Just hit it and check it the next day.
 

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My favorite way is to just drill press the hard drive about 3-5 times...

Macs actually do what they call a "government wipe" which is formatting and reinstalling the OS 7x before finishing. All completely automated (Wish windows would add that)

2x passes with dban should be more than enough. I usually dban 3 times (and about 5 drives) at a time at work. Just hit it and check it the next day.
one pass of dban will write 0 - 1 - 0 to every sector, it's already overkill because writing 0 on every sector is enough to destroy all the data.
multiple passes of dban? how many 0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0 does it take to destroy the data?

i think it's as ridiculous as xda dev forumers who tells people to do 3x full wipe before installing a custom rom.
 

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Try with TrueCrypt, encrypt data with deep erase, and format it angain on NTFS
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