Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Any Free Secure Format Tool? ("Government wipe")

  1. #1
    Cabledude Avatar Fan purecomedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,332

    Any Free Secure Format Tool? ("Government wipe")

    These two 200 Gb Seagates are on the fritz and I'm going to return them for warranty. If I can get them up and running for a while I would like to try and wipe the data off the hard drive with a format that doesn't allow you to simply use a file recovery program to see everything.

    Is there such a program that anyone can recommend?

  2. #2
    Second Most EVIL YARDofSTUF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    70,005
    Just google disk wipe utilities, ones like cleanfre and stuff that write 1s and 0s on the drive will make it harder to recover.

  3. #3
    Elite Member TonyT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    10,200
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

    LRH

  4. #4
    Cabledude Avatar Fan purecomedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,332
    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Just google disk wipe utilities, ones like cleanfre and stuff that write 1s and 0s on the drive will make it harder to recover.
    Usually when you do that you find shareware, that's why I asked for a specific product.

    I'm going to give this eraser program a try.
    Last edited by purecomedy; 11-25-06 at 02:01 PM.

  5. #5
    Senior Member loop2kil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Social Circle, GA
    Posts
    5,231
    if eraser doesn't do it for you...there's another one called Suredelete...give that one a try.

  6. #6
    Forum Techie Amro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    10,695
    amro.co, github.com/amro

  7. #7
    Cabledude Avatar Fan purecomedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,332
    Quote Originally Posted by Amro View Post
    Killdisk didn't use a very secure method to delete the files if you used the free version.

    I'm currently using Eraser but my impression is that it's deleting the files on the drive that are there now as opposed to writing every bit on the drive. I've re-formatted about 3 times on this drive so there should be other info.

    I'll check out your amro files, thanks!

  8. #8
    Cabledude Avatar Fan purecomedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,332
    Hopefully Guttmann isn't that much better than the US department of defense standard.

    Guttmann was just going too damn slow...

  9. #9
    Elite Member TonyT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    10,200
    best way to use eraser is to manually format the drive using a comp w/ an op sys on it, such as windows disk mgmt, then run eraser on the drive to securely wipe the free space. It will take a long time, but it's well worth it. Start it at bedtime. It writes 7-8 times I believe, using a different algorhythm each time. There is no fast way to securely wipe a large drive...other than strong magnets & a hammer!
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

    LRH

  10. #10
    Forum Techie Amro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    10,695
    mine only deletes files from inside of windows, so previously deleted files aren't affected -- might not do what u want.
    amro.co, github.com/amro

  11. #11
    Cabledude Avatar Fan purecomedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,332
    Quote Originally Posted by Amro View Post
    mine only deletes files from inside of windows, so previously deleted files aren't affected -- might not do what u want.
    Ok, you are the programmer right so program it to do what I want!!!!!

    Sorry, this is drunk purecomedy in action!

  12. #12
    Forum Techie Amro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    10,695
    lol, i don't do low level stuff, out of preference. prolly will get into nix programming soon and start doing useful stuff there
    amro.co, github.com/amro

  13. #13
    Second Most EVIL YARDofSTUF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    70,005
    So what is so important on there that you're worried about?

  14. #14
    Cabledude Avatar Fan purecomedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,332
    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    So what is so important on there that you're worried about?
    As I keep telling everyone:

    -Real definite answers about JFK
    -Read definitive answer about OJ
    -...or maybe just porn

    [/sarcasm off]

    We're talking 200 Gb drives so I had a lot of crap on there, my documents being the one of biggest concern because I had financial stuff there.

  15. #15
    Cabledude Avatar Fan purecomedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,332
    Also,

    Worth noting that there are some good utilities on the Ultimate Boot CD that I'm using with some success.

    I'm still confused about why the hard drive is relatively stable when I use the Ultimate Boot CD but it is a dead duck in Winblows.

  16. #16
    Security + Shinobi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    4,408
    Blog Entries
    1
    Don't forget your good old pal Shinobi
    I use this.
    The Best --> Darik's Boot and Nuke "DBAN" --> http://dban.sourceforge.net/

    Wipe Methods:
    1) Quick Erase
    2) Canadian RCMP TSSIT OPS-II Standard Wipe
    3) American DoD 5220-22.M Standard Wipe
    4) Gutmann Wipe
    5) PRNG Stream Wipe


    _______________________________________________
    Vendor neutral certified in IT Project Management, IT Security, Cisco Networking, Cisco Security, Wide Area Networks, IPv6, IT Hardware, Unix, Linux, and Windows server administration

  17. #17
    Advanced Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Delaware
    Posts
    904
    DBAN works great! I use it at work when we turn in our pc's, good luck recovering those JFK and OJ secrets after nuking it!
    Fee was a buddhist prodigy...
    Long past the age of maturity...
    Someday he knew it would set him free...
    Like it did for Floyd...
    The Chimpanzee...

  18. #18

    Thanks

    Many thanks for the DBAN guys and the windows version ~Eraser seems to work great. I'm also sending a maxtor 300gb back under warranty!

  19. #19
    Security + Shinobi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    4,408
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by johnhutch2000 View Post
    Many thanks for the DBAN guys and the windows version ~Eraser seems to work great. I'm also sending a maxtor 300gb back under warranty!
    Yep I know Tony mentioned Eraser.. which is a great Windows program also there is a stand alone version that you can put to run off of flash thumb drives.. very useful for your software "toot kit".
    http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/eraser_portable

    Shinobi
    _______________________________________________
    Vendor neutral certified in IT Project Management, IT Security, Cisco Networking, Cisco Security, Wide Area Networks, IPv6, IT Hardware, Unix, Linux, and Windows server administration

Similar Threads

  1. FS:Great Gaming/Work Laptop + Free Accessories + Free Software! (:
    By mnm2004bft in forum Marketplace - Buy/Sell/Trade/Hot Deals
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 10-15-08, 01:23 PM
  2. Free
    By Randy in forum General Discussion Board
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 03-05-07, 10:14 AM
  3. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-28-07, 02:05 PM
  4. Confessions of a Tool Junkie. Not Me
    By minir in forum General Discussion Board
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-23-06, 12:55 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •