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Windows 7: Good freeware utility to wipe laptop HDD

22 Sep 2015   #1
nkaufman

Win-7 Prof 64bit
 
 
Good freeware utility to wipe laptop HDD

Hello,

My laptop HDD is failing and am getting assistance on another post for that. Since WD is replacing the HDD (only been a year since it was purchased) and sent me a new one as an advance replacement, I am required to send the old failing HDD back.

Was wondering what utility is recommended to wipe the HDD before I send it back to WD.

Thanks,


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22 Sep 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I haven't used it but I guess DBAN is popular.
Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing
Quote:
DBAN users should be aware of some product limitations, including:
  • No guarantee of data removal (e.g. DBAN does not detect or securely erase SSDs)
  • No audit-ready reporting for regulatory compliance
  • Limited hardware support (e.g. no RAID dismantling)
  • No customer support or regular software updates
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25 Sep 2015   #3
nkaufman

Win-7 Prof 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
I haven't used it but I guess DBAN is popular.
Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing
Quote:
DBAN users should be aware of some product limitations, including:
  • No guarantee of data removal (e.g. DBAN does not detect or securely erase SSDs)
  • No audit-ready reporting for regulatory compliance
  • Limited hardware support (e.g. no RAID dismantling)
  • No customer support or regular software updates

Thanks.

Any points to keep in mind while using dban? Any to-do or not to-do pointers?

I'll be using to attach my failing HDD via USB and use dban cd to erase external HDD. Will there be an issue with this scenario?
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25 Sep 2015   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

While don't like CCleaner itself, it does have an excellent wiping utility. The minimal number of passes will be plenty.
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25 Sep 2015   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nkaufman View Post

Any points to keep in mind while using dban? Any to-do or not to-do pointers?

I'll be using to attach my failing HDD via USB and use dban cd to erase external HDD. Will there be an issue with this scenario?
I've used DBAN (booted from USB) and it will erase ALL connected drives so yes there is an issue. Also I needed to change SATA Configuration from AHCI to IDE and reboot before it would work.

See the tutorial here for a way of wiping selected drives:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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25 Sep 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Another great tutorial by Brink you could read through.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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26 Sep 2015   #7
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Callender, thanks for the heads up. I will try to remember those. Also bookmarked the tutorial.
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26 Sep 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Oopps I didn't see the tutorial in Chris's post.
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26 Sep 2015   #9
Excel21

Window 7 x32
 
 

They have some free tools over at Macrorit Useful Free Tools from Macrorit Do Big Favor for You. Their Disk Partition Wiper is pretty cool. Just hook the failing HDD up a running computer, delete all the partitons, create one large one, format it, fire up Macrorit Disk Partition Wiper, click Fill sectors with zero&one and wipe it. It's surprising fast, wipe 500 Gb drive in a half hour or less. With the zero&one algorithm someone would have to do a hardware recovery to get any data off the drive, very unlikely. Oh it leaves the drive RAW so you have to create a partition and format it after wiping it. Cool tool man, I use it all the time.
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26 Sep 2015   #10
nkaufman

Win-7 Prof 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the information, definitely need to look at the various options that have been suggested.

One question that I have is - is there a limitation of these tools while wiping a failing HDD (that has bad sectors, reallocated sectors etc). Do not want to start wiping and have the software croak in the middle because it cannot handle the above kinds of sectors.

Thanks again for the information.
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