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Emilyy's avatar

Can anyone recommend a good program to wipe my external HD?

Asked by Emilyy (2133points) August 17th, 2008

It’s an iomega 80G HD. I don’t use it anymore so my dad wants it and I want to wipe it clean of…um….questionable content. I google searched for HD wipes but I was just wondering if anyone had a suggestion. Thanks!

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Lovelocke's avatar

First off, that’s hot. You should forward to me first for historical archiving purposes:

Second, you can search for “darik’s boot and nuke”. It’s a multipass eraser, instead of “deleting files” where they could be recovered, it writes all new “zero and one” data across the entire drive, in a sequence the computer registers as blank. It would take many PCs many years to break that code, but he’s free to start writing new data to it immediately.

Another way (that isn’t as in depth but is better than recycle bin) is CCleaner. Free software, perminently erases whatever data once it’s in the recycle bin. Install it with Use CCleaner in the context (right click) menu and use that instead of “empty recycle bin” to take care of junk data on the fly.

Historical archive purposes. You can .rar them and upload to and send me the link. Good memories must be preserved!

kevbo's avatar

All you need to do is reformat and/or rewrite over the drive. There’s probably a utility on his or your computer that will let you do this. On a Mac, it’s called “Disk Utility.” Beyond just deleting your files (which doesn’t actually delete the file so much as make that space available for a new file), you want to either a) reformat (so that the drive’s “directory” doesn’t show any old content) or b) overwrite the drive, which means telling the computer to write a 1 or a 0 on every individual space on the hard drive. The more times you rewrite the drive (1 time, 7 times, 35 times) the more securely the old information is made inaccessible.

joeysefika's avatar

on windows right click on the drive and click format. Do this about 10 – 20 times and you’ll be completly cleaned

Lovelocke's avatar

I’d like to resubmit the following info if all else fails:

“Historical archive purposes. You can .rar them and upload to and send me the link. Good memories must be preserved!”

I think that’s the prime bulletpoint of this thread.

richardhenry's avatar

@joeysefika: Only provided you don’t choose “quick format”. That simply rewrites the headers.

Emilyy's avatar

Oh, I’m afraid that content won’t be shared with anyone. But thanks for the info, all!

b's avatar

Is this an internal or external HD? If it is external I suggest using eraser. If it is an internal drive use the DBan suggested by lovelocke.

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tWrex's avatar

I’ll third the suggestion for dban

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