The program I'm highlighting here is DBAN or (a.k.a.) Darik's Boot and Nuke. This
program is free and can be
It downloads as an .ISO image for either a CD or a DVD. This Program destroys data, permanently.
Back-up, Back-up and then Back-up again. I have used this program for very long time and it's
the de facto King of Hard Drive Wiping. When I re-install any Operating System, I prep the Hard
with DBAN before doing so. After burning the disc make sure the computer is set to boot from the
Drive. This can be accomplished through the BIOS or by selecting the "Boot Menu" F12 for
at POST and then choosing the drive where DBAN is located. Once DBAN boots you'll be presented
several options, most having to do with becoming familiar with DBAN. To setup DBAN for a custom
be it the method or just selecting a drive, press the Enter key at this point. Now it is possible
choose the Hard Drive, the method and various other settings before wiping data. Choosing the
command will erase all Data from all Hard Drives. The entire process can take hours depending on
method and rounds, so don't get in a hurry. Also, if you forget to back-up some data, like
your favorites, they are gone. That is extremely important to remember!
The three methods I use are as follows: Quick (0-4 hrs.) + Med. Security = RCMP w\1 round; Normal (3-10 hrs.) + Med. Security = RCMP w\atleast 2 rounds; Hard Core (5-24 hrs.) + High security = PRNG w\4 or more rounds.