Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD

Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 47 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.07
  • Total Downloads:
    261,268
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 26, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.35MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,164
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"DBAN REVIEW - 4 out of 5 Stars"

March 14, 2011  |  By kutu62

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

1. FREE
2. Lots of articles in the internet
3. Works most of the time

Cons

1. Limited Support
2. Lacks compliance testing / accreditation

Summary

Like most things in life you get what you pay for.. the more experienced folks get by with less. DBAN will require you to have a little geek in your blood to get it working.

If you need help let me know, just post a comment here:
http://analysisandreview.com/computer-hardware/how-to-erase-your-hard-drive/

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5 stars

"This product work's great"

February 22, 2011  |  By Mnthny4

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

easy to burn to disc & easy to install & use ,great product .

Cons

non to mention after use

Summary

Great product ,well worth the [free$] & time .

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3 stars

"Good but slow"

January 04, 2011  |  By spazin

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

Appears to clean the drive very well. I'll be testing that thought.

Cons

Slow
Too many options without explanation. Is the Autonuke option sufficient? If it is, why have the other options? Whats the best option to use?

Summary

"Appears" to be good. I'll do some extensive testing to make sure.

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4 stars

"Excellent and simple to use."

December 10, 2010  |  By CaptainBinks

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

Does exactly what is stated. Cleans absolutely everything off the hard drive

Cons

It really is slow. 30 plus hours to clean a 2Tb hard drive, with very little on it.

Summary

Gotta love it because it's free, very easy to use, and does a great job. Just don't expect a fast turn around.

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5 stars

"Easy to use, does the trick, free."

October 20, 2010  |  By simmo22

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

Simple to use - just download a CD iso image, burn it to CD (Windows handled it without any issue), reboot from that CD and you're away - it just nukes your hard drive. Plenty of help information seems to be available if you need it (I didn't).

Cons

None really.

Summary

The only thing i can't comment on is how effective this is - i haven't tried to recover information; i'm assuming the wipe is effective and secure.

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2 stars

"Couldn't get it to load changed BIOS didn't help"

September 30, 2010  |  By drjonaskatz

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

Unkown couldn't load

Cons

Did not load

Summary

No help with problem. Guess you get what you pay for (free).

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5 stars

"Great Tool for every tech"

July 31, 2010  |  By kcfreeman

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

This product takes care of all those hard drives that are just to loaded with viruses to keep messing with. Or if you are putting in a used HD and do not want the old files.

Cons

Make sure that the disk you are using this program is backed up! It will clean this back to the way it was coming from the factory.

Summary

I am always putting used hard drives in my clients systems for them. I can promise the client that I got the used unit from that all of there info is gone. Best tool in my disk case!

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5 stars

"Does what it says"

May 23, 2010  |  By cptsales

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

Simple and easy to use. Burned to CD and was able to clean 2 pc's with it no problem before I recycled the units. Many options to choose from to get a custom Nuke settings. Will be placing this CD in my tech bag for all kinds of things.

Cons

Time consuming, but I guess if you are looking for a secure way to destroy data prior to donation or recycle then it is WELL worth the time.

Summary

If you need to recycle an old PC or laptop this is a MUST RUN before you do. It will completely wipe the hard drive so anyone but the most determined people would have a hard time getting any data off of the drive.
I would recommend this product to anyone who is recycling, donating, or has a serious malware/virus problem.

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5 stars

"Simple and easy to use"

April 23, 2010  |  By John Parton

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

The program is easy to use the first time you use it. The program tells you what your options are.

Cons

So far I have not found ant thing that I did not like about it.

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4 stars

"Great way to restore a HDD"

January 10, 2010  |  By kcfreeman1958

 |  Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke for CD and DVD 1.07

Pros

Thhis programs returns a hard drive to ground zero and allows you to start over.

Cons

This program returns a hard drive to ground zero......This means that you had better backup what you want, because it will not be there once you run it.

Summary

This program was very easy to run and did just what it said it would. One of star programs in my PC Tool Box.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Darik Horn
Publisher web site http://dban.sourceforge.net/
Release Date March 26, 2009
Date Added March 26, 2009
Version 1.07
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 3.x, Windows NT, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.35MB
File Name dban-2.2.6_i586.iso
Popularity
Total Downloads 261,268
Downloads Last Week 1,164
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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