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How Do You Wipe Clean a Hard Drive?

By Garth Jones

Similar to many IT professionals, I often receive requests from friends and family about how to wipe sensitive data from old computers.

Usually what I suggest, and do myself, is to pull the hard drive out and stock pile it. I know this isn’t always the most practical or secure solution, although it reminds me of my time with a federal government department and how my lab was used to store dead hard drives, but I digress…

Anyways, I did some research and found two programs that seem to be good at wiping hard drives clean. I haven’t used them personally, so I cannot confirm whether or not they work.

Darik’s Boot and Nuke

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/

Fast Wipe

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fwip/

What do you use to wipe clean a hard drive? Let me know by sending a tweet to @GarthMJ.

How to Wipe Clean a Hard Drive