Help! How do I completely wipe a laptop HD (via a USB enclosure/caddy).

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  1. ChrisBUK

    ChrisBUK Registered Member

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    Hi all.

    I'm in a bit of a tricky situation.

    Basically, a few days ago I accidently spilt a pint of water over my laptop while it was on.
    It's basically killed it and it won't even boot.

    I am planning to sell the laptop as faulty or sell it in parts as spares. For this reason I need to completely erase the HD because it contains all of my data, some of which is quite sensitive.

    Is it possible to completely wipe the HD using a program such as Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") even though I will be accessing the HD via a 2.5" SATA to USB External Enclosure/Caddy?
    I've had a quick look at DBAN but it looks like it automatically erases any HD it finds, which isn't good because I don't want to erase the HD of the PC I am using to access my laptop HD!

    How do I go about wiping my data from the drive this way?

    Any help would be really appreciated!
     
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    ThunderZ Registered Member

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    DBAN will work for you on any "detected" drive, you choose the drive. The key word here is "detected". I can not say for sure if it will detect the desired drive or not.
     
  4. ChrisBUK

    ChrisBUK Registered Member

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    Thanks. I will let you know how it goes when I get it next week. :thumb:
     
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