any good free hdd erasers around?

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  1. sb18180

    sb18180 MDL Junior Member

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    hi all,
    iam after a good free secure hdd eraser programme,as i want to wipe and sell my old hdd and i want to make sure no one can get any details from it.
    any suggestions please for a good easy one to use?
    thanks all.
    forgot to add the drive is sata with win7 on it.
     
  2. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    Maybe active killdisk
    The free version erases the disk and writes 0's, if you can find the pro version then it's better (writes random data to disk, you can chose how many times it overwrites the data and you can chose between 17 diffrent methods)
     
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  3. sb18180

    sb18180 MDL Junior Member

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    thanks for the advice,i found the pro version 5.0 but it wont work with windows 7,it just keeps closing down,and i dont think the free version will be secure enough?
     
  4. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    Have you tried running it in compatibility mode? 5.1 supports windows 7 as new so I guess 5.0 indeed won't work propperly, but I haven't been able to find 5.1.
    Can you let it create an iso? If you burn that you can use it as a live cd to erase the drive.
     
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  5. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    Another free one:
    Darik's boot and nuke (dban.org)
     
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  6. sb18180

    sb18180 MDL Junior Member

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    ok thanks for the input i will give them a go.
     
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  8. sb18180

    sb18180 MDL Junior Member

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    #10 sb18180, Mar 4, 2010
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    thanks all now got sorted with active kill disk 5.1.24(full version)works fine with windows 7.you can find it on isohunt if you want it just run the app and all registered!!!
     
  9. msr

    msr MDL Senior Member

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    yep this is the best one and totally free.
     
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