Darik's Boot and Nuke (also known as "DBAN" /ˈdiːbæn/) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.
DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware.[ Detail ]
DBAN can be booted from a floppy disk, CD, DVD, USB flash drive or disk less using a Preboot Execution Environment. It is based on Linux and supports PATA (IDE), SCSI and SATA hard drives.
DBAN can be configured to automatically wipe every hard disk that it sees on a system, making it very useful for unattended data destruction scenarios. DBAN exists for x86 and PowerPC systems.
DBAN, like other methods of data erasure, is suitable for use prior to computer recycling for personal or commercial situations, such as donating or selling a computer.
DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis. DBAN is a free software product that can be used at home or in a business at zero cost.[ Related Link ]How to use DBAN to clean a hard drive
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