The open source program Eraser
and even with the free version of Acronis True Image Disk Director suite provided free by Western Digital and rebranded by Seagate to Disk Wizard has a live cd option as well as utilities for secure drive erasure. Active KillDisk
is just another among countless drive tools to select from depending on how secure you want the drive wipe to be. The DiskPart tool will handle that in a minute or so provided you select the correct drive however before entering either of the two commands mentioned. Clean and Clean All(Ultimate destruct if entered right after typing in List Disk to list all drives!)
There is one other thing to know however. While a secure tool can make it impossible for a data recovery program to retrieve files a professional may still be able to!
If you are keeping the drive and not giving it away or selling it used you wouldn't have any worries for simply entering the Clean command once you select the drive. For a fast secure wipe where you can create a new partition "Clean" it!
For any drive you would be tossing in the trash however breaking open the casing and exposing the platters to the elements as well as scraping a good deal of the magnetic coating from the platters will insure nothing can ever be recovered! Running a magnet over the platters! A friend uses a power drill to bore right through when going to toss any failed drive. That will do it alright!