Best Software for Formatting HDD

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  1. Trooper

    Trooper Registered Member

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    Hi folks,

    I have a few servers and some desktops that I want to ensure are fully formatted/wiped. I've not used any sort of utilities since probably 2005 (which is when I last needed to do this).

    Can anyone recommend some products? I've Google'd some things but wanted some input from my long time friends here at Wilders.

    Thanks.
     
  2. parsec

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    If you only want to format a particular HDD just use the format option on Windows that's it if you use windows..

    If you want to wipe a HDD clean and have sensitive information that needs to be wiped clean without possibility for recovery I would suggest the Internal ATA Secure Erase command -https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase-

    Other option is to use DBAN -http://www.dban.org/- which will be a lot slower than the ATA Secure Erase

    For individual files there are other shredders... only one I can think of is Eraser which I use.
     
  3. TheKid7

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    Some free ones:

    1. Partition Wizard Bootable CD
    2. Terabyte's CopyWipe

    In many cases a simple "zero write" to all hard drive sectors would be enough.

    The hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics usually has a "zero write" option.

    For my hard drives, I would do 'at least' a "random pattern" followed by a "zero write".

    I would use Terabyte's BootIt Bare Metal (payware) since I already have a license.
     
  4. Trooper

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    Thanks guys. One of them is an Exchange server that I just decommissioned so yes, looking for secure wipes.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Jim1cor13

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    Hi Trooper :)

    In addition to the other great choices, I would simply add BOOTICE. It is a compact portable app that is very useful, and will also wipe a drive(s) along with many other useful features, MBR backup, etc., partitions manager, formatting, etc.

    I also use Terabyte BIBM which has about everything one would need, but is a paid solution, well worth it though. Partition wizard boot cd is solid, have used it many times, it has some limitations but will easily handle what you are looking to accomplish :)

    Have a good day!

    Jim
     
  6. nikanthpromod

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    if u can pay , iobit drive scrubber is excellent choice.. :thumb:
     
  7. Noob

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    Oh noes! You might start another "I don't trust in iObit" thread. :D
     
  8. Trooper

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    So far I have been unable to get any of these programs to boot from my server. I need to destroy the OS "C" drives.

    Any other programs to try? They work fine on PC's, but throw it in any of my servers and they don't work. Changed options in BIOS etc but no go.

    Thanks.
     
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    sorry my mistake :D .. its iolo drive scrubber
     
  10. Wild Hunter

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    Jetico BCWipe Total WipeOut is the most complete solution. Other products ignore the Host Protected Area (HPA) and DCO hidden sectors.

    http://www.jetico.com/wiping-bcwipe-total-wipe-out/

     
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  12. Jim1cor13

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    Another consideration that I have found very useful that may be of help to you. :)

    Lazesoft Recovery suite home edition-free. It builds its own Winpe bootable media and handles disk wiping, etc. Many useful tools and recovery utilities.

    http://www.lazesoft.com/lazesoft-recovery-suite.html


    Bootable rescue CD or USB disk.
    Format FAT, NTFS Partition.
    Create, Delete partitions of any type.
    Supports large disks: up to 2TB volumes on MBR.
    Wipe Partitions or disk for data security reason.
    Hide/unhide partition New!
    Set active partition New!
     
  13. Trooper

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    Only Im not sure if this will work on a server HDD. It also is for home users, and this is work related. :D

    Will look into some of the other products you guys have mentioned.

    Thanks again!
     
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