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Darik's Boot and Nuke - Use to Wipe a Hard Drive

How to Securely Wipe a Hard Disk with "Darik's Boot and Nuke"
Published by windude99
07 Jun 2012
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How to Securely Wipe a Hard Disk with "Darik's Boot and Nuke"

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This tutorial will show you how to use Darik's Boot and Nuke to help you secure wipe a hard drive that has data that you need to have destroyed.

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Before we start:

Darik's Boot and Nuke will irrecoverably erase all data on the hard drive. It will also erase any hard drive/ flash drive that is connected to your computer, so be sure to unplug drives that you don't want to have erased before you use Darik's Boot and Nuke. Also, Darik's Boot and Nuke will take several hours depending on the options you choose, so be sure you have time to do this.





Let's begin:

1. You need to download Darik's Boot and Nuke. It can be downloaded from here:
download
2. You will need to burn the iso file to a cd. This tutorial will show you how to if ou don't know how: Burn Disc Image - ISO or IMG file

3. Restart your computer, go into the BIOS and set it to boot from CD/DVD first.

4. Insert your Darik's Boot and Nuke CD so your computer can boot off of it.


5. Darik's Boot and Nuke will come up at a screen asking you what you want to do.
  • F2 to learn more about Darik's Boot and Nuke
  • F3 for a list of quick commands
  • F4 for the disclaimer
  • Enter to start Darik's Boot and Nuke in Interactive Mode
  • You can type in autonuke to automatically erase your hard drive with the DoD Short method which is a 3 pass secure erase on your hard drive. I recommend that you choose autonuke.
6. Type in the option that you want and press enter. I am going to type in autonuke.
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7. The process will take several hours depending on the size of your drive. Once it has completed, you can hold down the power button on your computer to shut your computer off.


I would like to thank Shawn for making some adjustments to this tutorial and helping me with this tutorial. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them below.








14 Sep 2012   #1
Injust

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

A few things to mention:
You can put DBAN on a USB key, but warning, if you use "autonuke", it will nuke all hard drives, including the USB. So when you get to the blue screen with text at the bottom saying that it recognized a USB drive, pull it out. DBAN is fully loaded.

To put DBAN on a USB, you just download the original ISO (currently at version 2.2.7). With my experience, many ISO writers do not work, and LinuxLive has worked wonders for me. It works with Ubuntu, Ophcrack, DBAN, Linux, and many others.

Please add this to the tutorial, because it is very useful for people with computers without DVD/CD drives.

Thanks!


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12 Dec 2012   #2
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

What is "interactive mode"? Does that have other nuke options besides the DoD Short method?
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12 Dec 2012   #3
Injust

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Yes.
There are many different modes
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12 Dec 2012   #4
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Injust View Post
Yes.
There are many different modes
Cool. Thanks!
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08 Jun 2013   #5
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Will DBAN erase both drives (C and D) even if drive D is empty?
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11 Jul 2013   #6
andrewm1

windows 7 ultimate x 64bit
 
 

If i use this method can i install w7 again on the same hdd ??
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11 Jul 2013   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Andrew,

Yes. This only secure deletes the HDD. Think of it as being the same as using the "Clean all" command, but much more thorough.
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11 Jul 2013   #8
andrewm1

windows 7 ultimate x 64bit
 
 

thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jul 2013   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome.
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