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Windows 7: Software For Securely Deleting Data

20 Apr 2011   #11
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wizkid View Post
Hi. WebMattR

how long on average would you say Darik's Boot and Nuke takes to complete ?
I'm actually unaware. I've never sat and watched it. I usually turn it on, and then check on it the next day. I'd say at least 12-18 hours, depending on the size of the drive?


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20 Apr 2011   #12
scrotiny

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Looking back on your problem in retrospect perhaps the best thing to have done if the data stored was not a substantial volume of the disk would have been to partition the drive after your data and just have wiped the first partition. Since you were using it to backup data it would have been written sequencially and would not have been fragmented. A defrag program like Defraggler would show where the data was on the disk. With a smaller amount to erase then a more secure method could have been employed but stilll take less time. It is often the case when erasing data that this will happen especially now that very large drives are being used.
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20 Apr 2011   #13
Themanhunt

Windows 7
 
 

I always use Eraser. Great tool for removing files that you don't want the authorities to find.
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24 Apr 2011   #14
wizkid

WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64BIT
 
 

Hi,

I decided to use DBAN on an spare Hard Drive that I have and no longer use and which I am looking at selling on. I went for the 3 passes option and left it running over night I have checked this morning and the following screen has appeared saying that DBAN completed on the drive okay but then it mentions errors underneath it. I assume this is not right?

Edit - I checked the drive in Windows and its showing as unallocated space so it looks like it completed okay?


Please can someone advise

Thanks


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25 Apr 2011   #15
wizkid

WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64BIT
 
 

Sorry to bump this thread but I still need help in solving the issue with DBAN.

Thanks
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25 Apr 2011   #16
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, the guide on their website says to run it again, and see if it produces the errors twice. I'd say that, if the drive wiped successfully, it isn't worth worrying about.
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26 Apr 2011   #17
wizkid

WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64BIT
 
 

Hi,

Thanks for your response,

I decided to run DBAN again and here is a screenshot of how things are looking at the moment.


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26 Apr 2011   #18
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the update! Post back on if it has any troubles, and we'll go from there.
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27 Apr 2011   #19
wizkid

WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64BIT
 
 

Hi WebbMattR

Thanks for your response,

I checked the results this morning and its still saying that it completed but then it shows errors underneath the results. I checked the hard drive again in windows and it showed again as unallocated space and it asks me to choose either GBT or MBR as the partition table so I think that it has wiped it okay.


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27 Apr 2011   #20
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, I'd say that if it says it succeeded, and it ran twice, your drive should be blank.
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