Security Software Encryption Darik's Boot and Nuke

Darik's Boot and Nuke 2.3.0 for Multiple Platforms

by Darik Horn

Avg. Rating 4.6 (42 votes)

File Details

File Size 15.6 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Mac, Unix, Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 7,482
Publisher Darik Horn
Homepage Darik's Boot and Nuke

Publisher's Description

Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot floppy that wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect.

Latest Reviews

oldiron

oldiron reviewed v2.2.6 Beta on Nov 22, 2010

Great product, it sure does a great lobotomy dissection to completely empty out a hard drive. However that is if you don't mind waiting and waiting. A one TB drive took 12 hrs 43 minuter to do it's thing. There must be something out there like the old Debug 'F 200 L1000 0' that can handle 64 bits.
Ideas anybody??

xsnred

xsnred reviewed v2.2.6 Beta on May 25, 2010

I have used this when I changed out drives. Excellent program and nothing beats it except a sledge hammer. Gawd21, burn it on a CD for crap's sake.

Joco

Joco reviewed v2.2.6 Beta on May 25, 2010

gawd: Although the description said bootable floppy, DBAN can also be boot from CD or USB key. It is so small that it could be contained in a simple bootable floppy.

This program is a god send. No secure delete software can rival with this free tool to wipe the content of a hard disk.

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v2.2.6 Beta on May 25, 2010

Ummmmm, yeah, a great thing to have had about 9-10 years ago.

No one uses a floppy drive anymore.

EDIT: On second thought, great idea, and blessing. However, the description needs updated!

stisev

stisev reviewed v2007042900 Beta on Mar 15, 2008

If you need to wipe your drive, the is HANDS DOWN the most effective solution available.

No wonder the US Department of Energy Nuclear division uses it on its own hard drives.

For wiping "free unused space" use Eraser.

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v2007042900 Beta on Apr 30, 2007

Been using this for about 2.5 years now, works well with USB drives SATA drives, but I have had trouble getting it to whipe SCSI drives, otherwise, the gutman standard leaves my computers clean from the prying eyes...of even the FBI!

boaz

boaz reviewed v2007042900 Beta on Apr 30, 2007

Definitely one to keep in the repair kit. Great to do before doing clean OS installs. Brings the drive to zero, like a new bare drive.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v2007041900 Beta on Apr 19, 2007

essential.

However this version couldn't detect the SCSI controller/drives that previous versions worked fine on. I will let author know.

Avion Airplane

Avion Airplane reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006051000) on Jan 27, 2007

Good program. It did what it says it does. Everyone should keep a copy in there tool kit

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006051000) on Aug 9, 2006

I love this program.

Avg. Rating 4.6 (42 votes)
Your Rating
oldiron

oldiron reviewed v2.2.6 Beta on Nov 22, 2010

Great product, it sure does a great lobotomy dissection to completely empty out a hard drive. However that is if you don't mind waiting and waiting. A one TB drive took 12 hrs 43 minuter to do it's thing. There must be something out there like the old Debug 'F 200 L1000 0' that can handle 64 bits.
Ideas anybody??

xsnred

xsnred reviewed v2.2.6 Beta on May 25, 2010

I have used this when I changed out drives. Excellent program and nothing beats it except a sledge hammer. Gawd21, burn it on a CD for crap's sake.

Joco

Joco reviewed v2.2.6 Beta on May 25, 2010

gawd: Although the description said bootable floppy, DBAN can also be boot from CD or USB key. It is so small that it could be contained in a simple bootable floppy.

This program is a god send. No secure delete software can rival with this free tool to wipe the content of a hard disk.

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v2.2.6 Beta on May 25, 2010

Ummmmm, yeah, a great thing to have had about 9-10 years ago.

No one uses a floppy drive anymore.

EDIT: On second thought, great idea, and blessing. However, the description needs updated!

stisev

stisev reviewed v2007042900 Beta on Mar 15, 2008

If you need to wipe your drive, the is HANDS DOWN the most effective solution available.

No wonder the US Department of Energy Nuclear division uses it on its own hard drives.

For wiping "free unused space" use Eraser.

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v2007042900 Beta on Apr 30, 2007

Been using this for about 2.5 years now, works well with USB drives SATA drives, but I have had trouble getting it to whipe SCSI drives, otherwise, the gutman standard leaves my computers clean from the prying eyes...of even the FBI!

boaz

boaz reviewed v2007042900 Beta on Apr 30, 2007

Definitely one to keep in the repair kit. Great to do before doing clean OS installs. Brings the drive to zero, like a new bare drive.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v2007041900 Beta on Apr 19, 2007

essential.

However this version couldn't detect the SCSI controller/drives that previous versions worked fine on. I will let author know.

Avion Airplane

Avion Airplane reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006051000) on Jan 27, 2007

Good program. It did what it says it does. Everyone should keep a copy in there tool kit

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006051000) on Aug 9, 2006

I love this program.

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006051000) on Aug 9, 2006

Awesome, awesome simple program!

For those complaining about making a "version" to go on USB key, do a little research and make it bootable yourself.

Or add the floppy image to your technician boot discs.

sjc001

sjc001 reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006051000) on Aug 9, 2006

Wouldn't this work just fine on a bootable USB flash drive like Apacer's HT202? The computer sees it as an USB-ZIP. Look in the FAQ section.

streryan

streryan reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006031900) on Aug 9, 2006

I love it

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006031900) on Mar 27, 2006

How about a usb drive version, seeing how I haven't seen a floppy drive in years. I saw the link for the ISO, but I would still like a usb driver version.

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v1.0.7 Beta (2006031900) on Mar 27, 2006

Same here, we have been using this program for a very long time. Whwnever we discard a PC, or want to start from a clean drive (having it free of erronious partitions, viruses, and prevent identity theft).

Don't get me wrong, forensic experts can probobly still retrieve the data, but the average person would not be able to extract any data after using this.

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