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Since no one else has brought it up, I'll mention SDelete[^], part of the SysInternals suite of utilities. It can be used to do a "Secure Delete" with a variety of options.

Obligatory old fart war story:

Back in the early 1980's I was the system manager on several VAX/VMS systems at our local Air Force base. I went to a seminar on how to securely decommission magnetic media. At the time, most hard drives used 300MB disk packs[^]. The decommission procedure went something like this:

1. Use operating system commands to delete all data from pack.
2. Dismount and then remount pack (ensures no data is cached in drive).
3. Write pattern of 0x00's, then 0xFF's, then random bytes so all addressable sectors on drive.
4. Repeat step #3 several times (I think they wanted at least 8 cycles).
5. Dismount pack from drive.
6. Disassemble pack so that individual platter surfaces are accessible.
7. Sand-blast platter surfaces, removing all recording material.
8. Crush platter.

Most of us thought steps 5 through 8 were a tad... extreme. Dropping a pack from a height of a couple feet was usually enough to render it unusable.
Software Zen: delete this;

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