Darik's Boot and Nuke

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Darik's Boot and Nuke
Darik's Boot and Nuke (emblem).png
Developer(s) Darik Horn
Stable release
2.3.0 / June 4, 2015 (2015-06-04)
Operating system Linux
Platform x86
Available in English
Type Secure erase
License GPL[1]
Website www.dban.org

Darik's Boot and Nuke, also known as DBAN /ˈdbæn/, is an open source project hosted on SourceForge.[2] The program is designed to securely erase a hard disk until its data is permanently removed and no longer recoverable, which is achieved by overwriting the data with pseudorandom numbers generated by Mersenne twister or ISAAC. The Gutmann method, Quick Erase, DoD Short (3 passes), and DOD 5220.22-M (7 passes) are also included as options to handle data remanence. DBAN can be booted from a CD, DVD, USB flash drive or diskless using a Preboot Execution Environment. It is based on Linux and supports PATA (IDE), SCSI and SATA hard drives. DBAN can be configured to automatically wipe every hard disk that it sees on a system or entire network of systems, making it very useful for unattended data destruction scenarios. DBAN exists for x86 systems.[3]

DBAN, like other methods of data erasure, is suitable for use prior to computer recycling for personal or commercial situations, such as donating or selling a computer.[4]

Current status[edit]

In September 2012, Blancco of Finland announced its acquisition of DBAN.[5]

There is an unofficial fork of DBAN that is actively maintained.[6] The dwipe program that DBAN uses has been forked and is available as a standalone program called Nwipe,[7] which is actively maintained.


  1. ^ DBAN (18 July 2008). "May I rebrand DBAN?". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, Thomas J. (2005). "Deleted but Not Gone". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-03.  Published on November 3, 2005
  3. ^ "DBAN version 2.0.0 download". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Preparing Your Computer for Sell or Donation". 
  5. ^ "Acquisition". September 2010. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Rennie-Waldock, Nathan. "Unofficial fork of DBAN". Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Beverley, Andrew (March 2010). "Nwipe". Archived from the original on 2012-12-25. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 

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