NewsForge: Darik’s Boot and Nuke: A Great Tool for Obliterating your Data

“Do you know what happened to your data when you disposed of
your last PC? With identity theft on the rise, it’s important to
make sure your information is removed before you get rid of that
old hard drive. Thanks to the work of developer Darik Horn, there’s
an excellent tool to wipe data off of a hard disk: Darik’s Boot and
Nuke (DBAN).

“When DBAN is finished with your hard drives, the master boot
record, partition table, and every sector of the drive will have
been overwritten in accordance with one of five well-regarded
industry guidelines. DBAN is powerful stuff and has been used by US
federal agencies, such as the Department of Energy’s National
Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), to prepare machines for