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Windows 7: What is the best free HDD wiper-boot disk

07 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
What is the best free HDD wiper-boot disk

I want a boot disk so I can securely wipe my whole drive from the boot disk. I have the old Autoclave boot disk, but it doesn't seem to recognize my laptops short, it will not work on my new laptop



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07 Jun 2011   #2

W7 Professional x64

Active @ has a program for free that will write zeros across a drive, and if you pay for it you can write random things with more passes and whatnot as well.
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07 Jun 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


If you have a Windows 7 installation disk, then you can use DISKPART to do that.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Contrary to popular belief, a Clean All with Diskpart is as good as wiping a disk than many commercilly available software.

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07 Jun 2011   #4
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Goldens suggestion is good.

Free and good I've used this.

Top two downloads on the page. Either iso or zipped iso.
Does about everything including write 0 up to multi pass military erase.
Also useable on SSD's.

Home page.
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08 Jun 2011   #5
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Darik's Boot And Nuke

Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware. DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis.

DBAN is a free software product that can be used at home or in a business at zero cost. The only official place to obtain DBAN is by download at this web site. We do not sell DBAN media.
Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

A Guy
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08 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

DBAN as above, works a dream :-)
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09 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit

Can you tell me if Darik's Boot and Nuke only writes over the HDD 1 time only or can it be set to write over a HDD 2, 3, 4, or more times? I'd like to write over my HDD 5-7 times (or more) without restarting it after just one pass.

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09 Jun 2011   #8

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Unless you are trying to erase REALLY sensitive data, one pass with Dban should be sufficient for your needs!
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09 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

by default DBAN does 3 passes iirc, but you can set it to more, never really checked myself, i just use the default and its more than good enough! :-)
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20 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Modern Disk Drives (PATA/SATA) can be effectively wiped with a DoD Short (3 pass) wipe. Doing this
effectively renders the disk un-recoverable by most (if not all) utilities. The HPA (Host Protected Area)
can be examined as well.

The Secure Erase setting in SATA specs is quite effective at wiping out data on any SATA drive. If this
is available, use it (or use the method above).

DBAN works quite well along with DISKPART.
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