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HDD Utility

Thu May 17, 2012 2:56 pm

I'm looking for a bootable program that I can use which will wipe a HDD with a lot of personal banking information. I used to have something that would write 0's to each sector of the drive over 10 passes but I can't find my old disc for it nor can I remember the name of the program.
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Re: HDD Utility

Thu May 17, 2012 3:19 pm

The drive manufacturer's diagnostics suite should have a "write zeros" test. Check the manufacturer's web site...
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Re: HDD Utility

Thu May 17, 2012 3:53 pm

Toshiba has fjerase, but I've never used it nor do I know how to use it.
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Re: HDD Utility

Thu May 17, 2012 3:56 pm

Ultimate Boot CD is another option.
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Re: HDD Utility

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Re: HDD Utility

Thu May 17, 2012 4:14 pm

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Wouldn't work for some reason. No idea why. Works on my other computers but not this one.
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Re: HDD Utility

Thu May 17, 2012 4:30 pm

Philldoe wrote:
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Wouldn't work for some reason. No idea why. Works on my other computers but not this one.


Maybe try an older version -- 1.0.7, I think? I've run into the same situation where the newer versions don't work, but the old version -- which was around for years before being updated -- works fine, even on new hardware.
 
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Re: HDD Utility

Thu May 17, 2012 4:40 pm

Dieter wrote:
Philldoe wrote:
Dieter wrote:


Wouldn't work for some reason. No idea why. Works on my other computers but not this one.


Maybe try an older version -- 1.0.7, I think? I've run into the same situation where the newer versions don't work, but the old version -- which was around for years before being updated -- works fine, even on new hardware.


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Re: HDD Utility

Thu May 17, 2012 6:32 pm

I second the Ultimate Boot CD. It has at least a half-dozen programs which will do exactly what you need.

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