Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience
Ok, so is dban or Eraser better?
I'm looking for a good free one...
I really don't think that it matters which program that you use, in terms of effectiveness, as long as it does do a low level format. The only difference in these programs is their ease of use, and the number of passes they can make.
If you happen to have a drive recovery program, you could use it to test the drive after formatting, to see if it could recover any files. That would help you decide whether to run more passes or not.