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Darik's Boot and Nuke Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Darik's Boot and Nuke for Mac and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is ABAN, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Darik's Boot and Nuke and six of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Darik's Boot and Nuke are BCWipe, BitRaser File Eraser, Permanent Eraser and ErAce.

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Dariks Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers.

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  1. ABAN

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    ABAN is a boot CD/USB stick for easily and securely wiping all the disks in a machine. Boot disks are available for both 32-bit and 64-bit machines. As a boot disk, it doesn't care what OS is on the machine (or if there is any OS at all).

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    Standalone tool for full disk wiping. Since it does not have fancy graphical UI, not recommended for newbies.

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    free, standalone bootable tool, no additional os required

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    BCWipe

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    BCWipe data wiping software enables you to permanently delete files selectively so that they can never be recovered or undeleted.

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    BitRaser File Eraser

    • Mac
    • Windows

    BitRaser File Eraser is a DIY software for permanent wiping of sensitive files, web browsing history, app & system traces, and unused space on the laptop, desktop, and external storage media. The tool safeguards your personal data from falling into the wrong hands.

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    Permanent Eraser

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    When you normally delete your files in Mac OS X, the operating system is only forgetting where those particular files are placed, while the data still physically remains on the drive. Beginning with Mac OS 10.

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    it is not a standalone bootable tool, it requires an OS to run

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    Doesn't Wipe Drives Securely and requires an installed OS. DBAN is OS independent boot utility, and thus its name.

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    It deletes any file including ones from the trash. Even files that the OS is identifying as in use (when they are not) are wiped entirely with this software. The only reason I refrained from voting it as the best DBan alternative is that I don't know how it will behave with extremely large files, example, a full external Terabyte sized hard drive.

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  5. ErAce

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    ErAce is software that will over write the hard drive 1-100 times. So it fullfills the strictest security standards i.e. DOD 5220.22-M. In that way it is impossible to recover data.

    ⚫︎ PortableErAce can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer accessible and the SourceForge project page no longer contains any downloads. The ISO files are downloadable here: ftp://ftp.gnome.org/mirror/temp/sf2015/e/er/erace/

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    iShred Express

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    iShred Express provides a drag and drop interface to the "SRM" or secure delete function.

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    Discontinued

    Official website/app unavailable.

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