Troubleshoot Best way to erase all data off a HDD?


New Member
Feb 21, 2013
List of current issues
Steps taken, but have been unsuccessful?
i have eraser and privazer but it still leaves remnents of stuff on the hdd is there a way to just flat out nuke the hell out of it and get rid of everything


Level 85
Mar 15, 2011
Since everyone is mentioning ways to destroy your HDD, then you can use Muriatic Acid which will react to the metal components which witness the melt process. ;)

Remember, only geeks/enthusiast will be interest to gather your data as possible.
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David Johnson

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Apr 21, 2017
The best way for erasing is the one which will be sustainable and doesn't hamper our environment. So being environment-pro, data erasing using software is the secure and best solution for me. It not only permanently delete my hard drive data but also remove internet traces and free up unused space. Till now used 3-4 data erasing software, most of them are already discussed above, apart from them Bitraser for file can also be tried (Not an Advertisement)
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Level 7
May 22, 2016
As others have mentioned in this thread ....
Use DBAN and follow it up with physical destruction , if it makes you happy :)

The 3 pass deletion method should be fine .
Note : if you are running DBAN from a CD/DVD , be patient , it can be slow to boot .
( and take great care which drive you select ! )

You can forget about the Gutmann 35 pass method ....
even Peter Gutmann has said that it no longer matters with modern drives .

More on this here :-
Is the Gutmann Method a Good Way to Erase Data?

But for folks who are really serious about data destruction , this is a great read ,
and quite amusing in it's own way :-
Data Destruction Equipment like Datastroyer Shredders, Disintegrators, Office Disintegrators, and Multimedia Destruction Devices for High Security Data Destruction
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Level 6
Mar 28, 2017
This thread reminds me this episode of Silicon Valley :D


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