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Old 07-17-2010, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What's a good disk scrubber.

I need to wipe some flash drives clean as new.

What are some options for scrubbing drives?
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Default Re: What's a good disk scrubber.

Other than through Windows partitioner, I'm not sure. I don't know if flash drives work with GParted.
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Default Re: What's a good disk scrubber.

I hate to say isn't that a form of windows formatting? haha

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Default Re: What's a good disk scrubber.

KillDisk offers a free solution for 0 bit wipes, but to get more serious ones, you need some cash.
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KillDisk offers a free solution for 0 bit wipes, but to get more serious ones, you need some cash.
Well what are some non free ones,
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Active@ Killdisk has a version you can purchase that lets you boot to CDROM, and literaly, use just about any form of drive wipe, though, I am not 100% sure it can wipe flash drives, though, older versions can easily boot from them.

You can use DOD methods, or random pattern wipes, and so on.

Here is a link, Active@ Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser. Low Level Format.

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If you use FDISK, FORMAT utilities, or DELETE standard operating system command for data removal, there is always a chance to recover deleted files (using undelete or unformat tools) and use against the owner's will. We highly recommend you to run this FREE utility for the hard and floppy drives you want to dispose of, recycle, re-use, sell or donate to somebody.

Active@ KillDisk conforms to US Department of Defense clearing and sanitizing standard DoD 5220.22-M. The most secure Gutmann's data destruction method is also implemented.
Both WIPE and KILL functions support 17 security standards from various countries such as USA, Canada, Germany and others. You can be sure that once you clean up with Active@ KillDisk, sensitive information is purged out forever.

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OK I'll look into them thank you Corrosive
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I hate to say isn't that a form of windows formatting? haha
I was posing that I do not know any other than GParted that "might" wipe you flash.
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I was posing that I do not know any other than GParted that "might" wipe you flash.
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In all honesty this might be an easier approach for you...



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