Erasing Windows Hard Drives

Warning: Please ensure all of the data from the computer is backed up since there will be no way to recover your data after you have finished this procedure. You can write the data to a CD, USB stick or other storage device. After backing up please ensure that all removable storage media (floppy disks, CD, DVD, Jazz, Zip) have been removed.

The latest verson of Darik's Boot and Nuke will format a hardrive several times in one sitting. Based on what type of removable media the computer system can boot from, a boot disk (floppy or CD) must be created that will be used to boot up the system before completely erasing the hard drive contents. If you are unsure of how to complete this task, contact your departmental computer support person.

To start the utility, insert the bootable DBAN CD or floppy disk. Once you have done this, restart the computer. If the utility does not automatically launch, settings in the computers BIOS will probably need to be reconfigured. Contact your departmental computer support person if unsure of how to proceed.

If the utility does launch automatically, simply type in autonuke to start the process of data destruction. Let the process complete (this will take several hours) and the drive will be ready to be assets disposed.

If the utility reports any errors during or after operation, please contact your departmental computer support for further diagnosis.

Download from Darik's Boot and Nuke by clicking on the text CD and DVD media.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as an information service only; it is neither an endorsement nor a recommendation of products.


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