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    wiping hard drive

    i wanna wipe my hard drive and i was thinking of using boot and nuke, but isnt there something i can use to do a zero fill on the drive so that it will be back to the way it was when i bought it? is this what most hd wiping utilities like autoclave do? the autoclave web page just says that it "completely erases everything" but does it do a zero fill on all of the sectors? also, if i did a zero fill would the drive have to be low level formatted again? i've heard it's impossible to do a low level format on your own: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/L/LLF.html is that right?

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    Why do you need to clean your HDD that much? A simple fdisk should do...
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    Theres a program called gwscan that zero's your hard drive, its bootable. I have used this an it does the job.

    https://www.lehigh.edu/security/gwscan/gwscan.htm

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    Get a Knoppix-std disk and do a zero fill.

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1M


    Will do it, so you know it will write over your partitions also.

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    I worked at a place where we had a big electro magnet for wiping old tapes and hard drives. You would place the reel of tape on this pad, pull a switch, and presto!
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    One time i went into walmart and formated the hard drives on the public display computers

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    Darik's Boot and Nuke will do what you want and more. Plus its free. Just make sure you get it from the right spot, as I have heard of some other versions going around.

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    Try BCWipe from Jetico. This utility is used by the government when they drop sensitive/classified info onto unclass networks. Not sure about the full capabilities but I do know that they can now overwrite CD's and the like. Check it out..

    http://www.jetico.com/

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