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Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD

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Darik's not kidding about the "nuke" in the name of his program: use DBAN only if you want to completely eradicate any trace of data on a hard drive. This is the ultimate in data shredding--there's no recovery once you've used it.

There are two work flows for using DBAN. When it loads, you can type "autonuke" and press Enter. From there, DBAN will show you the progress being made on wiping your hard drive's data. Larger HDs will take longer, of course. There's a more configurable option, as well. Hit Enter at the start-up screen, and the Interactive mode will let you select specific hard drives or partitions to be shredded. Use the space bar and up-arrow and down-arrow keys to navigate and select from shredding algorithm options, and press F10 to start the process.

Because DBAN loads before your operating system, there's not going to be much of an interface. If you're not familiar with the look and feel of DOS or changing your BIOS configuration, proceed with DBAN with extreme caution. DBAN must be loaded onto a CD, DVD, floppy disk, or USB thumbdrive to be used.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star: 29
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exactly as billed ... at exactly the right price"

    December 29, 2013  |   By m994836

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    Free

    Easy to use (once the CD is properly created: see below)

    Problems using the software are adequately covered in the FAQs and blogs associated with the DBAN site

    Cons

    This is not obvious at first glance --> for proper transfer of ISO file to CD, the (free) software CDburnerXP is actually required. I cannot emphasize this enough. Other options for burning appear to work (and the opening screens of DBAN load and look as expected) but the system hangs up after 'autonuke' or similar options are applied.

    Summary

    Thank you Darik!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Effective Boot and wipe software"

    March 16, 2013  |   By jrommy

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    It is a small dos based system that will run and install on even older computers.
    Easy to use and walks you through the configuration.

    Cons

    It is only intended for entire disk wipes, it does not let you do file specific deletions.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Free - But not very easy to use"

    February 18, 2013  |   By beatrice57

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    Wipes the drive
    Free

    Cons

    Autonuke would not work, said there were non fatal errors. Had to resort to a D.O.D. option.
    Took over 8 hours to wipe a 320 GB HD.
    Tough to get it to a CD/DVD. Several failed attempts.

    Summary

    Hey, it's free so not much to complain about. If your drive has some issues, as I suspect mine did, it will take a LONG time to get the drive wiped. Don't know if the issues the drive had were related to Autonuke not working.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great problem, KGB couldn't get it the data back."

    February 7, 2013  |   By johntjohnson

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    Easy. What's hard about autonuke?

    Cons

    I had no problems.

    Summary

    It's a great program. I use it with little issues, nothing a hammer won't fix. And the price they charge you, who can complain?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works as advertised"

    October 18, 2012  |   By manthony1948

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    Easy, automatic

    Cons

    It took a little time to figure out I had to use the right software to burn the bootup disk. I first tried using Sonic to create the DVD, but that didn't work as the computer didn't recognize it when I tried to bootup with it. Only after I used the recommended CDBurnerXP software was the DVD created properly such that it would work.

    Summary

    A very thorough disk wiping program if you give it the few hours it takes to work properly.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not Intuitive"

    October 10, 2012  |   By linkslvr

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    Wiped drive clean (it appears). Many options for doing so.

    Cons

    Can't cancel once it's started. Because it's not intuitive and somewhat difficult to figure out what one wants to do, one can inadvertently can set this up to run for days. It will stop if the PC is turned off, but if the PC is dicey to begin with, one may be reluctant to try this step.

    Summary

    It does what it's supposed to and it's free, but it's not user-friendly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The easiest best hard drive wipe software!"

    September 19, 2012  |   By SmokeyChrome

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    Very easy to install on the boot CD or DVD. You are cautioned more than once that once started, you cannot undo the drive wipe. Yes, I agree, a kindergartener could do it!
    I needed this in a rush, returning a dead laptop with a good, but old hard drive. Worked perfectly.

    Cons

    None. It's free for gosh sakes!

    Summary

    I highly recommend this simple, great software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    August 21, 2012  |   By Prescott666

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    I used it yesterday, it's easy. Choose autonuke or hit enter and select the drives or partitions you want to wipe.

    Cons

    Took about 4 hours for the default which was 1 round with 3 passes to wipe a 160GB hard drive, and about 2 hours for an 80GB drive. The minimalist interface does not lend itself to explanations of all the options.

    Summary

    It takes as long as it takes. Try to arrange it so that after you start it you can go away and do something else while it works.

    Updated on Aug 28, 2012

    Please review: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta from CNET

    It still does what it does, it hasn't changed, and I haven't changed my mind. Why are you asking me to update my review.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Was pretty easy"

    May 8, 2012  |   By geoffrybrown

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    Simple, just boot, and type "autonuke"
    Ran quickly on a very large drive.

    Cons

    None so far

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  • 2.0 stars

    "was to confusing"

    April 26, 2012  |   By tll75

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 2.2.6 beta

    Pros

    i am pretty good with computers and i couldnt get this to work.

    Cons

    to confusing and no good writing on getting it set up.

    Summary

    too difficult to get to work.

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