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WIpe-out external hard drive

by rapheek / May 10, 2008 5:57 AM PDT


I'm looking for a program to wipe-out an external hard drive.

Thanks a lot.

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It's called format.
by Coryphaeus / May 10, 2008 6:01 AM PDT

Find the drive in Explorer or My Computer, right click it, and choose format. A format will erase everything.

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by rapheek / May 10, 2008 6:08 AM PDT
In reply to: It's called format.


Thanks for your message. I do not want to format the HD. There's a difference between format and wipe-out. With format, you can recover data, wipe-out, nothing can be recovered.

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Just check our forums.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 10, 2008 6:18 AM PDT
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by Kees Bakker / May 10, 2008 6:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Just check our forums.

If I read the DBAN readme.txt ( it explicitely states "DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction."

I'm afraid this includes the c:-drive. The question as I understand it, is to wipe ONLY an external drive. I wouldn't use this program then without some precautions (like removing the c:-drive first).


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Wipe out
by rapheek / May 10, 2008 6:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: DBAN

Thanks for your message.

I'm wiping it out with Active@ KillDisk. It does only 1 pass (free version), but it's ok. Just want to get rid of the data and transfer my OS from a smaller HD to a larger one.

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one solution for you
by keops64 / May 10, 2008 6:34 AM PDT

I recomand you Acronis Disk Director. Good enough.

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Heidi Eraser
by johngreth / February 17, 2010 6:34 AM PST

If you have windows you can use Heidi Eraser, but you can use dban on any computer. However, dban doesn't do usb flash drives normally. You can do in, but it takes some preparation. More info:

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