How To Wipe Your Hard Drive Safely And Securely

There are many reasons one would wish to wipe their own hard drive. If you are planning to sell your computer to a stranger, it would be a very good idea to do so. A lot of information can be recovered from an unwiped computer, and personal information in the hands of a stranger could be very dangerous. In this article I will teach you how to wipe your hard drive using a free program called Darik’s Boot And Nuke.

Fortunately, wiping a hard drive has been made very quick, safe, and easy due to software that has been publicly released. First, navigate to this website.  Simply click on the downloads section, and you will be redirected to a page on Sourceforge where your file will be downloaded. After it finishes downloading, all you need to do is burn the ISO onto a dvd. I recommend a dvd rather than a flash drive simply because bootable flash drives are harder to setup.

If you don’t have a DVD burner, they can be found very cheap on Newegg. 

After you have the ISO burned to a disk, put it in your dvd drive and power your computer off. Restart, and go into your system bios. Look around until you find where you can change your computer’s boot sequence. When you find the boot sequence order, change it so the drive with Darik’s Boot and Nuke is the first option. Restart your computer again, and it should launch Darik’s Boot and Nuke. Choose which option you would like to use, and run it. It may take some time, so be patient. Once it’s finished, you’ve successfully wiped your hard drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my computer be dead after using Darik’s Boot And Nuke?

No, you will still be able to access your motherboard bios which is all you need to get your pc running like new again.

Does Darik’s Boot And Nuke wipe the operating system?

Yes, Darik’s boot and nuke wipes everything. Since your bios sequence is already set to run from your DVD drive first, just put in yoru operating system install cd and run it. It will reinstall your operating system.

Does Darik’s Boot And Nuke Work On Mac computers?

Yes, it should. When booting up your Mac computer, hold down the “c” key to boot from a disk. Do the same when reinstalling your operating system.

I have Windows 98. Can I still run this?

Yes, this can run on any operating system. The motherboard bios of your computer controls the boot sequence, your operating system has nothing to do with it.

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