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08 September, 2008

Emergency Data Destruction With Boot and Nuke

Need to securely erase any hard drives hooked to your PC automatically when the FBI knocks on the door? Lets hope that isn’t the case, but if so Darik’s Boot and Nuke is the perfect solution. Darik’s Boot and Nuke is a ’self contained floppy disc’ that securely wipes all hard drives detected on the local PC.

From the README:

1.0 About Darik’s Boot and Nuke
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Darik’s Boot and Nuke (”DBAN”) is a self-contained boot floppy 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.

Download the exe and write the image to a floppy. Just make sure your kids or little brother don’t accidentally get a hold of the disk a boot from it!

Linux users can also unzip the exe and use dd to transfer the image to a floppy (see the README).

I know a lot of you know longer have floppy drives - there are more convenient DBAN CD images available.

How to automatically wipe all hard drives

WARNING: THIS WILL PERMANENTLY ERASE ALL DATA ON ALL HARD DRIVE HOOKED TO THE PC!!!

  1. Boot from the DBAN floppy or CD image.
  2. Enter ‘autonuke’ at the boot prompt.

And it is as simple as that! Hope you enjoyed and if you have any other methods of securely wiping your hard drives on the fly let us know in the comments!

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