DBAN is free erasure software designed for the home user. It automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect. This method can help prevent identity theft before recycling a computer. DBAN is also a commonly used solution to remove viruses and spyware from Microsoft Windows installations.
However, DBAN users should be aware of some product limitations, including:
- No guarantee of data removal (e.g. DBAN does not detect or securely erase SSDs)
- No audit-ready reporting for regulatory compliance
- Limited hardware support (e.g. no RAID dismantling)
- No customer support or regular software updates
Professional data erasure tools are recommended for company and organizational users. For secure data erasure with audit-ready reporting, contact Blancco or download a free evaluation license.