Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hard Disk Erasing Utility

Got a stash of old drives or machines laying around for disposal?  Don’t let them go out the door without stifling your secrets! Use Darik’s Boot and Nuke to wipe your files off the drive.  image

Let’s hope you do this sober because it’s a one way ticket to complete and utter destruction of the data on the drive. :)  This Open Source Software tool allows you to create a boot floppy, CD or DVD image which can be used to boot the machine and wipe any and all partitions or drives on the machine.  The software overwrites your data with random bits of data on a few different passes.  Think of the disk as a chalkboard.  When you wipe the chalk off a chalkboard using an eraser, sometimes a faint image can still be seen. If you wipe it multiple times the image gets less readable each time. Same deal with your data.  Definitely a good tool for the old tool bag.  Enjoy the tasty destructive goodness!

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