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Windows 7: securely erasing HDD's

05 Jan 2015   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
securely erasing HDD's

I'd like a free program to securely erase a couple HDD's before selling or giving them away. I'll be using my laptop to do this and an external HDD/SSD dock that is USB3: StarTech.com USB 3.0 SATA III Hard Drive Docking Station SSD / HDD with UASP - Newegg.com


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05 Jan 2015   #2
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

You can use windows inbuilt diskpart software to do this from a command prompt
May not be the quickest (not sure) but its free and easy, just be sure to run "clean all" and not just "clean" as that will not securely overwrite the data

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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05 Jan 2015   #3
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you Pauly.
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25 Jan 2015   #4
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

So I'm using diskpart to erase my HDD's. How long should it take to erase a 1TB WD black drive?
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25 Jan 2015   #5
sandravlado

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Hi Havoc.

I would suggest to use MHDD tool. It is free and very useful, not just in writing all zeroes but also it helps in diagnosing and fixing the bad sectors (well, more isolating to not to use those anymore).

Here's the link:

MHDD
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25 Jan 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
So I'm using diskpart to erase my HDD's. How long should it take to erase a 1TB WD black drive?
Please read the tutorial Pauly posted again. It states.

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NOTE: See the green INFO box at the top of the tutorial for more information about this command. This command will wipe the HDD, and perform a secure erase. "Clean All" takes about an hour per 320 GB to finish running. It's best to only use this command if you wanted to help make sure that the data on the HDD cannot be recovered say when giving or selling the HDD to another person.
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