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    Hard Drive Eraser

    Can anyone recommend a good inexpensive drive eraser? I want to try to resell them as refurbished on ebay. Just not a fan of breaking them down for the little return. TIA



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    Pop a sata or an IDE with power out the side of your desktop and plug it in. You may have to move the jumpers on the hard drive you want to clean to "slave". Your computer should recognize the new drive. Use disc management to format the drive.

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    Formatting the hard drive isn't enough. As for wiping the hard drive, DBAN will do the job. As for selling the hard drives after you wipe them, you would need to purchase software that tests the hard drive for errors and bad sectors. There are free programs you could download, but I don't think they do a thorough job.

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    So is this more complicated then its worth? Any suggestions on what I should do with all hard drives to get the most money out of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperheadDave View Post
    So is this more complicated then its worth? Any suggestions on what I should do with all hard drives to get the most money out of them?
    I am set up to test and wipe drives. Send them to me? Prices I pay are on my buyers thread.

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    I second the DBAN (Darik's Boot And Nuke) program. It's free and does more than just formatting and less when you wipe out the HDDs completely making them unusable. For a better result run DBAN multiple times (2-3 at minimum).

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    I use Hard Drive Sentinel Pro. It both does secure, insurable wipes and, just as importantly, tests them for failures, bad sectors and estimates the remaining drive life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartTimeScrapper View Post
    I am set up to test and wipe drives. Send them to me? Prices I pay are on my buyers thread.
    This is the method I use! I actually have a bin out in my workspace labeled PTS!
    Out of clutter, find simplicity. --Albert Einstein

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    Also. Little known bit of information. If your reselling drives I would advise that you have information insurance. Not cheap but if you sell a drive and someone gets personal info off of it. I bet you can guess who you they will be coming after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartTimeScrapper View Post
    Also. Little known bit of information. If your reselling drives I would advise that you have information insurance. Not cheap but if you sell a drive and someone gets personal info off of it. I bet you can guess who you they will be coming after.
    Yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartTimeScrapper View Post
    Also. Little known bit of information. If your reselling drives I would advise that you have information insurance. Not cheap but if you sell a drive and someone gets personal info off of it. I bet you can guess who you they will be coming after.
    Would you mind posting or PMing what wiper you use, and any other pertinent info I might be able to use to sway someone to let me send you their HD instead of beating it with my rock hammer?

    Thanks!

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    When I erase hard drives...I like to say this...



    Don't judge me. You know your going to start doing it to now.

    Sirscrapalot - sometimes I like to put pins in an eraser then hand them out to people working on essays, important paperwork, etc. - Someone not me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJinLV View Post
    I use Hard Drive Sentinel Pro. It both does secure, insurable wipes and, just as importantly, tests them for failures, bad sectors and estimates the remaining drive life.
    strictly agree and the Pro Hard Drive Sentinel is better than free tools

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    There are some free tools and they are good such as Eraser, CCleaner, File Shredder and others. But I recommend using the HDShredder Pro. This ideal hard drive eraser software is ideal for use on popular Windows OS such as Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and Server 2003 – 2012. Besides, you can boot it by using an ISO file or like a normal application on your Windows PC.

    Great Feature:

    Walkthrough wizard for permanently deleting files
    It can erase date from both internal and external hard drives
    Ability to delete files from Windows OS
    Small download size (11.5MB)

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    Ok you guys got your point across and scared me enough into scrapping these out unless you know someone with references to buy them. I'm just tying to make money not get locked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperheadDave View Post
    Ok you guys got your point across and scared me enough into scrapping these out unless you know someone with references to buy them. I'm just tying to make money not get locked up.
    LOL I told you I am set up to wipe and erase hard drives. I believe others have vouched for me here on the site as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auminer View Post
    Would you mind posting or PMing what wiper you use, and any other pertinent info I might be able to use to sway someone to let me send you their HD instead of beating it with my rock hammer?

    Thanks!
    I use media tools wipe to do the DOD 3 pass wipe on the drives I sell. I use HDTuner Pro for the testing of the smart data.

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    This kinda tickles me....its not really a big deal but yet it is a BIG DEAL.....there are several buyers here including myaelf set up to do this....we all have reviews and little to no complaints....once your set up to wipe and test drives its not rocket science....what throws me for a loop sometimes are really old drives which may have collector value....the connections are all weird and nothing like modern stuff.....I say scrap em....desktop drivea unless big and in very good condition are losing value quickly....laptop drives mostly any size larger than 80gb are easy sell....good luck and happy scrapping
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    Send them off for easy profit with little investment only if you are satisfied that your customer data is secure. Not to infringe on the buyers here, but nothing leaves my warehouse without first being wiped, degaussed or shredded. My customer decides which method they want, which can be painful when I'm dropping 4TB drives in the shredder. But customer satisfaction is my key to success. If you were able to wipe drives, my method is this:

    I first test using a Wiebetech Drive Erazer ($200). Anything with bad sectors or poor disk health goes into the shredder. I then throw them in a docking station ($15) and do a second test using HDD Guardian. You can also use Seagate tools. Again, anything with bad sectors or poor health gets tossed in the shredder. Finally I use an Aleratec 1:11 Copy Cruiser, which copies but also does DOD and Secure Erase wiping. This machine comes in different sizes and prices and is not cheap $500+. Find a used one if possible. Once the process is complete you can put the drive back in the docking station and confirm that it is wiped. I guarantee my method for my buyers with a warranty and have yet to have one return. I wipe about 500-1k drives a month and shred about twice that. The Wiebetech can also wipe the drives to different standards. Hope this helps

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    Yes I am selling them. I started boxing them up and cant believe the weight to them. I cant see much money in it after shipping or am I wrong?


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