It is free, open source and great for bulk cleaning of hard disks.
|License||Free (Open source)|
|Great for bulk disk cleaning and emergencies.|
|A dangerous tool in the hands of beginners, does not produce digitally signed reports.|
Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is an open-source and free utility intended for individuals or home use to support data removal needs. It is somewhat a different alternative for deleting files on a hard drive.
It is a self-contained boot image you can use to burn it to a CD or USB flash device that will securely wipe the hard drives of any PC that’s booted from DBAN.
Supporting ATA, SATA and SCSI hard disk drive connectors, DBAN provides six erasure standards. It is great for bulk disk cleaning of PCs, and is also useful as an emergency tool for quickly removing sensitive information.
However, the power of this app makes it a dangerous tool in the hands of beginners.
Despite its free usage, DBAN does not produce digitally signed erasure reports available in its commercial version Blancco Drive Eraser.