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  • SAFE-Block, claims the ability to temporarily remove the HPA and remove the DCO and later return it to its original state.
  • HDD Capacity Restore, a reportedly Free utility that removed the DCO (to give you more storage for your hard drive!)
  • Blancco-Pro 4.5 reportedly removes the HPA and DCO to completely obliterate all of that pesky information which might get in the way.


  • Hidden Disk Areas: HPA and DCO, Mayank R. Gupta, Michael D. Hoeschele, Marcus K. Rogers, International Journal of Digital Evidence, Fall 2006, Volume 5, Issue 1