Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN)

Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN) by GEEP EDS LLC.

4 stars

Editor's Rating

5(14)

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6 6

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secure hard drive erasure Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN) runs from a bootable CD or DVD disk, and securely deletes (wipes) the entire content of the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect. The program is perfect for cleaning a computer before giving it away or selling it. You will download an ISO file, that needs to be burned to a CD or DVD. Copyright Snapfiles.com

Product Details

Publisher GEEP EDS LLC. O/S Win (All)
Price Free Requirements None
Version 2.26 beta File Size 10228 Kb
Last updated May 24, 2010

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5 stars78% 11
4 stars7% 1
3 stars7% 1
2 stars7% 1
1 star0% 0
Based on 14 reviews

Latest user reviews:

It may work, but be very careful!! 2 stars by Muad`Dib Dec 26, 2011 (Read all my 6 reviews)
I had problems getting DBAN to start from a CD - I kept getting a "DBAN Finished With Non-Fatal Errors" immediately after starting the actual wipe (a common problem according to reviews on other websites), which may be related to having unneeded devices connected to your computer, though I had removed all such devices). However, even if I had gotten it to work, another problem with the program REALLY worries me: The first time I ran DBAN, the drive I was trying to erase (an external box with an eSATA connector) appeared 2nd on the list (the 1st one was my internal laptop drive). After I rebooted (and changed absolutely nothing), the order of the two drives on the screen were switched (my internal drive appeared 2nd). Had I not been paying attention, I could have easily started wiping my laptop's internal drive by mistake. When I discovered this switch, I decided to stop even trying to use the program. Yes I know you're supposed to be careful with such tools (and fortunately, I was), but if DBAN can't keep track of which drive is 0 and which is 1, and display them in a consistent and logical order, then I'm not comfortable trusting the program not to 'accidentally' wipe the wrong drive with my data. If I were trying to wipe many drives and could set up a machine disconnected from all HDDs except the one I'm wanting to wipe, then maybe I'd try to use it. showShow review details
It is just great 5 stars by sam420 Jan 07, 2010
It is really good if you want to wipe the hard drive. It cleans the hard drive securely. It takes a long time, but hey it is free. showShow review details
Dban has gone corporate - eban or bust 3 stars by WallyG May 05, 2009
I used to be a great fan of DBAN. Great tool to ensure data on old drives securely erased. Due to the great features in DBAN, our company purchased Enterprise Boot and Nuke (EBAN) for all of our company's secure wiping needs. Alas, DBAN support for newer controllers is tragic. I tried to wipe my home computer (Dell Vostro 220) with DBAN and no luck. I took my computer to work, booted with our EBAN CD and the wipe proceeded no problem. No BIOS changes, no drivers, no BS. I guess since DBAN has now gained so much popularity, time to cripple DBAN and push EBAN. SHAME! showShow review details
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