Suggestions for a free disk wiping program

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by OliverK, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. OliverK

    OliverK Registered Member

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    I'm looking for a good free program that wipes the EMPTY parts of a hard drive (ie I want to remove traces of things that were deleted in the past).
    Anyone have any suggestion of what's available?
    I'd like the program to operate quickly, if possible, and perhaps offer different 'scrubbing' options.
    Oliver
     
  2. WSFuser

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    Definitely ERASER, but Guttman is a 35-pass method that is overkill in the extreme. The very paper linked to at the bottom of Ice Czar's post by Peter Gutmann has an epilogue that reads:

    This is gone over time and time again. I wish Garrett would just remove Gutmann's method as an option from ERASER. Gutmann himself has said, on more than one occassion, that seeing his "method" on scrubbing programs is embarrasing as it's no more effective than a few random passes.
     
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  6. Ice_Czar

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    and if the data in question is so sensitive that it requires being overwritten past a single simple zeroing,

    it should be encrypted to start with ;)
     
  7. TheQuest

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    Hi, Ice_Czar

    The one I like 8F. :eek:


    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  8. OldMX

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    Another vote for eraser

    oldmx
     
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