Bruce Schneier data wipe question

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    Bruce Schneier data wipe question


    Hello everybody

    I want to wipe a hard drive with Bruce Schneier's method. I want to do it by creating a bootable disc that will not require the operating system on the hard drive for it (the bootable disc) to work.

    The standard Darik's Boot and Nuke does not offer Bruce Schneier's method. I have not been able to find a custom version of DBAN that offers Bruce Schneier's method.

    "[email protected] KillDisk" offers Bruce Schneier's method but only if I pay money. I am not wanting to pay money to do this.


    Somebody please show me some free software that will do the job for me, thank you
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  2. nunzio's Avatar
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       #2

    Yes.
    This is free: EASIS Data Eraser
    Go here: EASIS Data Eraser
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    nunzio said: View Post
    Yes.
    This is free: EASIS Data Eraser
    Go here: EASIS Data Eraser
    Hi,

    I already came across that software.

    I have now downloaded and installed it. Where is the OS-independent bootdisc .ISO that I am needing?
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1809
       #4

    You can use diskwipe available at diskwipe.org Meets DOD standard.

    It is portable so no installation required.

    For a boot disk you can use this.

    Downloads - Win14393PESE-X64 - ToolsLib
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    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    You can use diskwipe available at diskwipe.org Meets DOD standard.

    It is portable so no installation required.

    For a boot disk you can use this.

    Downloads - Win14393PESE-X64 - ToolsLib
    Hi,

    Thank you for your input.

    I specifically am looking for a boot disc utility that offers Bruce Schneier's method.

    Does the boot disc you linked to offer that? I already wasted an expensive disc on a free version boot disc that only had overwrite with 0s. I am too busy to check on a Virtual Machine
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  6. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1809
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    No the boot disk does not offer that. It offers you a working OS. Then as Diskwipe is portable you plug in USB Thumdrive and execute.

    If you want make a bootable USB follow this.

    Win 10 reset


    You must be using archival disks, most dvd's are cheap.

    USB method will take fifteen minutes to create. Doubt very much you will find a boot disk with that routine for free.
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    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    No the boot disk does not offer that. It offers you a working OS. Then as Diskwipe is portable you plug in USB Thumdrive and execute.

    If you want make a bootable USB follow this.

    Win 10 reset


    You must be using archival disks, most dvd's are cheap.

    USB method will take fifteen minutes to create. Doubt very much you will find a boot disk with that routine for free.
    I only have high-spec Verbatim discs lying around, unfortunately no USB sticks! (Weird, I know)


    Oh okay. I understand now. I have a bootable Linux distro on a disc somewhere, I will try to use that and an SD card with a disk wipe program on the SD card. If that works it will save me a disc.

    Thank you for your input
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  8. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1809
       #8

    Think this is a Windows program.
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  9.    #9

    This article mentions some programs which have or use the method:
    Schneier Method (Data Sanitization Method)
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  10. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Anyone with this level of paranoia should know, that disks have a hidden storage, where removed data are stored indefinitely. Besides data have been recovered from physically damaged disks, which have also been erased like this. Logically, if you overwrite data once, they should be unrecoverable, yet some go as far as to overwrite them multiple times. That should give you a hint, if one time is not good enough, what makes you think, that 100 times will make any difference?! It is just saying 100 times: the data is gone, the data is gone, ...
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