DBAN for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 2.3.0
  • 3.9
  • (108)
  • Security Status

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Free software package to automatically erase hard drives

DBAN is a software package that automatically erases any information contained within a hard drive. This can be used when personal information has been compromised or when all data needs to be wiped before a used computer is sold to a third party. As opposed to other techniques, this bundle virtually guarantees that such information can never be recovered.

Core Functions and Applications

DBAN can be booted as soon as the computer is activated. However, it is most commonly saved as an ISO file onto a DVD or CD. This will then be inserted into the computer when required. There are several ways that this software can be used. The most common is to access the blue screen upon activation and to press F2. The user will then be guided through a step-by-step process. There is also a final warning that all data will be erased. Therefore, potentially fatal mistakes can be avoided.

Additional Details

DBAN is associated with a total file size of 15.1 megabytes, so it does not require much memory. The current version has been designed to work with Windows 8.1 operating systems. Please note that earlier systems are not compatible. Six different methods of deletion are offered to the end user.


  • Arguably one of the most effective ways to permanently erase data from a hard drive.
  • The execution of this software will not be interrupted by other programs.


  • There is no way to retrieve accidentally deleted data.
  • The actual deletion process can sometimes require days.

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  • Free
  • In English
  • V 2.3.0
  • 3.9
  • (108)
  • Security Status

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Laws concerning the use of this software vary from country to country. We do not encourage or condone the use of this program if it is in violation of these laws.