Several of us in SAA uses DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) and it supports a
number of different heavy-duty wiping methods, including Gutmann's and
DoD 52200-22.M, allowing you to specify the # of passes, if that's what
you're interested in. It's free (GPL) and I have yet to find an
Intel-based computer that it couldn't wipe the disks on.
However, I agree with Dean that a one-pass erasure with random (not all
zeros or all ones) data should be sufficient in most cases.
Dean Williams wrote:
> I recall that after some discussion, the consensus was that the free
> version, with one-pass erasure, is sufficient for all but the most
> sensitive information. Even with the free version, one can manually
> run multiple passes, choosing either zeroing or random bits. On that
> basis, a volume license doesn't seem necessary. That's my take on it,
> but others may not agree.
> On May 15, 2008, at 11:49 AM, John K. Cooley wrote:
>> There are multiple versions available. Is the freeware version
>> acceptable? If not, would a site license make sense?
>> Dean Williams wrote:
>>> IT Colleagues,
>>> As a reminder, when drives are transferred, best practice is to
>>> securely erase them. There are instructions for secure erasure at:
>>> Dean Williams
>>> Assistant Director for Client Services
>>> Enterprise Technology Services
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>>> On May 15, 2008, at 8:29 AM, Chris Nickl wrote:
>>>> I'm looking for an old hard drive for a Pentium 4 computer. It's
>>>> the older
>>>> IDE technology (not manufactured anymore as far as I know). Does
>>>> anyone have
>>>> an old computer I could have the hard-drive from?
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