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Darik's Boot and Nuke

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  • 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:

    4.5 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Powerful but Slow"

    November 24, 2008  |   By wolf1296

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    - Many options
    - Very secure
    - Completely FREE

    Cons

    - Way too slow

    Summary

    I started to use this to wipe my laptop hard drive so I could reload the OS. It said it was going to take days just to do the single pass, lowest level wipe. It creeped along with the easiest setting. It may be the best at wiping info, but only if you have days to allow it to do its job. I was going to try the DoD-M setting and it estimated it would take 8 days. That is better than a week, and that was only the estimate. As slow as it was going on the first pass, there is no way it would have completed in 8 days.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I give it 12 out of 10"

    November 23, 2008  |  

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    I am a non-professional, and was given a used computer upon completing 8 classes at a local church. It already had the hard drive almost full, but the only thing I could find was the Win98 program. i downloaded off the i-net, and erased it!!!

    Cons

    I used the guttmann method. It is great, but 1 HOUR PER GIG??

    Summary

    i am sure that there are the other methods i could try. But like the other guy wrote, there wasn't a whole lot if detailed info on it that I could find, as far as how long each of the other methods take to complete. i have two drives in my new computer ( 1 is 70g., and the other, for games etc., is 500g! How long would THAT take????????????

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for Computer Techs"

    August 16, 2008  |   By vince4275

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    If you work on computers for a living or a sideline (as I do) you will use this a lot. It completely WIPES any Hard disk of all data. When people bring me a computer full of viruses, and/ or spyware - this is what I use to get rid of everything.

    Cons

    Only one "Con." This thing does what it says it will do. It destroys ALL data. This is a DANGEROUS thing in the hands of a Novice.

    Summary

    Gotta Love it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "The lack of GUI makes this software exteremely dangerous!"

    January 27, 2008  |   By exel3d

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    Although it's great for bulk disk cleaning, the lack of clear instructions makes this software deadly in the hands of a beginner.

    Cons

    I was under the impression, that the software deleted only prior deleted files and not the entire hard disk. I ended up loosing all my data because I failed to clarify what capabilities the software actually performed. It's not a practical software for deleting only sensitive information that has been sent to the Recycle Bin. The software offers no command prompt warnings? USE WITH EXTREME CAUTION!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked exactly as promised"

    January 2, 2008  |   By KayKayeInDBQ

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    Ease of use, ease of installation, works exactly as promised

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works like a charm on the overwrite end."

    December 2, 2007  |   By deasonh

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best program available plus its free"

    July 6, 2007  |   By buddyboy1212

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    It easy to use and i love it. Also its free

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Overkill Useless Files"

    June 20, 2007  |   By Jotts

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    Darik's Boot and Nuke is an Open Source program that's used to construct a floppy disk or CD that will automatically wipe the all hard drives of any PC booted from the disk (OUCH!) . It's great for bulk disk cleaning of PCs and is useful too as an emergency tool for quickly removing sensitive information.

    Cons

    Not the best UI I've seen in my life, and its power makes it a (very) dangerous tool in the hands of beginners.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best disk wipe utility available"

    April 14, 2007  |   By chilifries

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    This great little utility is better than most commercial programs I've tried. It includes powerful wipe options, including DoD compliant methods. The interface is clean and easy to use. It is NOT a teaser or trial. It is fully functional and totally free!

    Cons

    The link here is to an older version. An updated version can be found on the author's Sourceforge site: dban.sourceforge.net. The bootable CD version can be found there too for those who have given up floppies.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A necessity for system builders!"

    April 9, 2007  |   By louiemctool

    Version: Darik's Boot and Nuke SE

    Pros

    Let's see:

    1) Downloads quickly.

    2) Easy to install.

    3) Many options for install (floppy, CD, etc.)

    4) Easy, informative instructions.

    5) It's all FREE!!

    If you have a few bucks, visit this gentleman's SourceForge site and donate it! He deserves it!!!

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