Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot image that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN is appropriate for bulk or emergency data destruction.
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so super easy to use. make USB bootable using RUFUS. set bios to boot from USB. Type autonuke DONE! 10/10 this works
Seriously, FLICK this POS. Can't open "/proc/cmdline"...over and over and over despite MULTIPLE bios changes (Asus ROG STRIX Z270F). No OS, booted straight off CD to erase ALL connected drives. FAIL after FAIL. FLICK it, drilled a hole through one, will keep the other two for back ups. Useless obsolete GARBAGE.
Seemed to be working fine until I got to the point of typing in autonuke, which is the fully automated command. It then seems to just display an ad and do nothing (e.g., no hard disk activity light or usb log activity light). Using the interactive mode instead, it allowed me to select what drives I wanted to erase and then started to erase them (with hard disk activity light now constantly on). The mediocre rating is due to the ad and lack of explanation on if anything is suppose to be happening when the ad is displayed. Update: the quick erase resulted in a kernel panic. The DoD short seems to work OK (it hasn't finished yet, 22 hours estimated).
Takes a long time to do this, but it's worth it. On my older Dell Laptop, DBAN wouldn't recognize the F10 keys, etc. So, I pulled out an older keyboard, plugged it in. Upon booting up, Dell wouldn't recognize the keyboard, so I used the keypad on the laptop to boot to the DVD drive. Then, once I had DBAN up and running, I used the attached keyboard for F10, etc. I see that some people had trouble with the program not working because the F10 key didn't respond, so I think this may be one way to work around that for some people at least.
I used this product to wipe the hard drive of a Toshiba Satellite running Windows Vista. The product works exactly as advertised. It is simple to use although some knowledge of operating systems beyond that of the casual user is required. The 1-star reviews for this product tend to be from users who misunderstood either the purpose of the software or how to apply it correctly. You will need a third-party ISO burner and possibly some extra outside advice; I used How To Boot From a CD, DVD, or BD Disc and How To Wipe a Hard Drive on About.com's PC Support pages.