Disk Wipe Utility

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 16, 2008
Updated • Oct 8, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Disk wiping describes the process of deleting data of a partition or entire hard drive so that the data cannot be recovered by data recovery software. Copy Wipe is a disk wipe utility for DOS or Windows that can be used to delete the contents of a partition or hard drive permanently. It can also be used to copy data from one partition or hard drive to another as well hence the name Copy Wipe.

Copy Wipe can be started from within Windows unlike Darik's Nuke And Boot, one of the favorite disk wiping utilities, which has to be booted from. The advantage of Darik's Nuke And Boot is that it acts independently from the operating system.

The disk wipe utility uses a Win32 console in Windows. The main benefit is that you do not have to reboot the computer to start the disk wiping process as it can be initiated directly in Windows.

You can select one of several methods of wiping the hard drive with Copy Wipe many surpassing governmental standards. Please note that it is only possible to wipe partitions or hard drives that are currently not in use which means that you cannot wipe the partition with Windows in Windows. You could still wipe it effectively in DOS though.

The second option provide the means to copy data from one partition or hard drive to another again with the exception of partitions that are currently in use. Copy Wipe provides options for re-sizing the partitions on the target hard drive.

The program's primary use is to wipe data on a secondary hard drive, for instance before you retire it, sell it, give it away, or want to start anew. If you need to wipe all of the hard drive's of a computer, including the drive that Windows is installed on, your best bet is Darik's Boot and Nuke after all, as you can boot it from CD.


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  1. David Levin said on December 19, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I wonder if this program can remove some of the data that gets written to the hard drive when you install Adobe CS3 or CS4. I’ve heard that even after wiping/reformatting/etc a hard drive the data that is written to the drive still remains.

  2. Kislay Kishore said on December 17, 2008 at 7:32 am

    love GHacks!!!!!!

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