Erasing Used Hard Drive

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by Daarken, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Daarken

    Daarken [H]Lite

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    I am asking on behalf of a non profit refurbished computer provider that reconditions used PC's and then donates them to low income families, churches, and schools.
    They have been offered a large number of used systems, however both companies want to remove the hard drives and destroy them before donating the systems.
    Both companies indicated that if the organization can has a utility that documents (printout) the wipe/complete erase of the hard drives they will provide the systems with the existing hard drives.
    The non-profit does not have the funds to provide new drives, or to purchase a "professional" utility.
    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. PliotronX

    PliotronX [H]ard|Gawd

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    We use Active@ KillDisk with the 3 pass DoD method and the completion will allow you to save a PDF or print documentation. Try out the freeware

    http://www.killdisk.com
     
  3. thebufenator

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    Windows disk formatting allows you to over write with all 0's with however many passes you want
     
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    I'd love a low cost appliance for this. I have a pile of disks and the last time I started down the road, my machine was tied up forever. Maybe I'll re-purpose an old PC that's to be mothballed.
     
  6. Daarken

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    Thanks to everyone for their replies and assistance.
     
  7. rtangwai

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    reBOOT Canada (similar charity to your non-profit) used DBAN - I know, I used to be their CTO.

    If you use a lot of untrained volunteers you can modify the startup of DBAN so that when it boots from the CD/USB key it will automatically erase the drive using the specification you want (single-pass, DoD, RCMP, etc.) without having to select anything. That way you can make sure the drives are erased to the specification the donors may demand.
     
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  8. Daarken

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    Would you mind if I PM'd you?
     
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  12. boss6021

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    Another vote for Killdisk. Our clients like the certificates it creates for data destruction.