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Hi Guys, I will be selling few drives. What is your opinion about CCleaner's utility Wipe Drive or Wipe Free Disk space (for clearing up personal drives).
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I tried DBAN the other day before selling a hard drive and it did not work for me. I forgot what the error message was exactly, but I ended up just formatting it.

I remember trying DBAN before years ago and it also had the same issue. Are the other ones more user friendly?
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IF you just formatted the drive the data is still there and can be found again.

All you should need to do is open a command promt (with admin privileges) in windows and type in:
cipher /w:X
where 'X' is the drive letter of the NON-OS drive you want to securely erase.... just make sure the drive is empty before doing this as it will overwrite all free space with garbage and then delete the mega-file.

For more info on windows cipher:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/.../bb490878.aspx
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IF you just formatted the drive the data is still there and can be found again.

All you should need to do is open a command promt (with admin privileges) in windows and type in:
cipher /w:X
where 'X' is the drive letter of the NON-OS drive you want to securely erase.... just make sure the drive is empty before doing this as it will overwrite all free space with garbage and then delete the mega-file.

For more info on windows cipher:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/.../bb490878.aspx
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Cipher command line tool in Windows 10 / 8 / 7
Hrmmmm.... never heard of that before. If I'm reading this right it only affects the "unused" portion of the drive so you'd need to do a format and/or partition prior to using this command? (or at the very least delete everything on the drive?)
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Yes. It wont touch any files on it that are linked in the internal table as still good/being used/etc.
Thats why you delete all the files first... or do what I do and simply quick format it then run the cmd line program.
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I don't have a spare mechanical drive kicking around otherwise I'd test it myself.... how long does the process typically take? (Proper DoD wipe is many hours if not days depending on the drive.... ;) ).
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Its not a proper DoD wipe its a (IIRC) single pass... which is more than enough for avg joes (if you have peeps who have access to a clean room then yeah its not enough..use a hammer... but for most its more than enough as the '35 passes needed' is an urban legend outside of NSA level paranoia - even Gutmann himself stated that in the paper that started the urban legend that 1 or 2 passes is enough for most and that was back in the 90s when bit size on a platter was HUGE compared to today! ).

It depends on the drive but its not exactly 'fast'. Not 5 pass slow...but not fast. Set it up, make sure its working and go to bed. In the morning it will be done.

Edit: Another tool that also works and 'may' be more secure is SDelete.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../dd776514.aspx
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Any suggestions for a tool to wipe an SSD that is the only drive in the system and therefore has the OS installed on it, something that can be booted from a USB key would be great.
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Any suggestions for a tool to wipe an SSD that is the only drive in the system and therefore has the OS installed on it, something that can be booted from a USB key would be great.
I can't remember the name of the software right now, but Hiren's Boot CD has a bootable linux part of it that will do that. Can't remember if it's called Partition Magic or something else.
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Any suggestions for a tool to wipe an SSD that is the only drive in the system and therefore has the OS installed on it, something that can be booted from a USB key would be great.
If the drive has TRIM and you are using a TRIM enabled OS, a quick format erases all cells.

@Lpfan4ever you are probably thinking of Parted Magic
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