Hello, I'm trying to find a program that will securely erase a hard drive. I have tried many programs and have discovered some do not do a very good job of removing ALL the data, FAT entries and other bits of information. Thus I came across these forums and am hoping I might find some information and maybe be steered in the right direction. What I want is a program/utility that will remove all traces of data from a hard drive, whether it be data that's already deleted, stuff that still needs to be deleted, and also if the drive had been formatted, but hidden data still remained on it. The problem I've found is that alot of "erasing" programs can't do anything on the drive unless there is an active partition on it. The only one I found that worked regardless of whether the drive was partitioned or not was O&O SecureErase. Not all data gets deleted from the drive in the same ways, thus being able to wipe a hard drive even without a partition present is something I'd like to find. Now the confusing thing, is even after wiping my hard drive(s), using Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro (unless there is a better data recovery program out there??), it was still able to find deleted directories and files. So my criteria for a erasing/wiping program/utility is this: 1) To see and erase/wipe a hard drive regardless of partitions present. 2) Remove all MFT and FAT entries. Some hard drive erasing tools only overwrite the data, but then leave all the filenames present. Now I understand you won't be able to recover the data, but still being able to see the filenames isn't a good thing if you are wanting to truly wipe a drive. 3) Be able to wipe a drive regardless of whether files have been deleted, the drive formatted, re-partitioned etc. Now hopefully someone will know of such a tool from their personal experience. If you know of a program, but have not used it personally, and have not run some sort of recovery/inspection program to see how well it scrubbed the drive, then please state this. I'm already a bit overloaded from trying several different tools, what to speak of the time invovled waiting for the drive to be erased. Right now I'm using Directory Snoop to inspect a drive after scrubbing it. It's able to delete FAT and MFT entries but it's a manual process. Hoping there is something out there that fits the bill and does what I'm seeking. Finally, if anyone also has a nice method to check a drive has in fact been scrubbed and 100% properly erased, I'd love to know what programs or tools you use. As I mentioned I"m using EasyRecovery Pro and Directory Snoop, but am sure there are better ways to do this.