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Eraser – Hard drive data destroyer

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Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008.

Eraser is Free software

Why Use Eraser?

Most people have some data that they would rather not share with others – passwords, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records, self-written poems, the list can be continued forever.

Perhaps you have saved some of this information on your computer where it is conveniently at your reach, but when the time comes to remove the data from your hard disk, things get a bit more complicated and maintaining your privacy is not as simple as it may have seemed at first.

Your first thought may be that when you ‘delete’ the file, the data is gone. Not quite, when you delete a file, the operating system does not really remove the file from the disk; it only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface.

Before the file is overwritten, anyone can easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or an undelete utility.

There are several problems in secure file removal, mostly caused by the use of write cache, construction of the hard disk and the use of data encoding. These problems have been taken into consideration when Eraser was designed, and because of this intuitive design and a simple user interface, you can safely and easily erase private data from your hard drive.

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eRases all data cleanly from your hard drive

Drive eRazer

Quick and Easy Hardware Solution that completely erases all data from a hard drive.

Before you dispose of or replace your hard drive … Remember all the data you saved on it …

  • Credit card numbers
  • Corporate data
  • Email address book / contact list
  • Email conversations
  • Financial data
  • Legal documents
  • Passwords
  • Personal photos of friends and family
  • Social Security numbers
  • Software license keys
  • Your name, address and phone number
  • Web browser’s history

Did you know?

  • Deleting a file does not erase it from your hard drive!
  • Formatting a hard drive does not erase the hard drive!
  • It’s possible (and sometimes easy) for someone else to recover files if you don’t dispose of them properly!

What is Drive eRazer?
WiebeTech’s newest hardware solution completely erases all data from a hard drive quickly and easily. Stand-alone operation. No computer required! Faster than software.

Why use hardware?
Drive eRazer is faster than software programs, and Drive eRazer doesn’t tie up a computer. What’s more, it’s far easier. Simply connect it to a drive and flip a switch. No computer needed.

How fast is it?
Faster than software. A conservative estimate is 35MB/s. A 250GB drive would be fully erased in under two hours.*

How safe is it?
Very. Drive eRazer writes zeros over every bit of your drive. After it’s done, there’s nothing left to recover. For those who want even more assurance, we offer a Pro model which is capable of secure erase, a method of drive wiping built into the firmware of many hard drives.

1. Single-Pass mode (Standard and Pro Model)
A single data pattern is written one time across the whole disk, deleting blocks including partitions and Host Protected Areas. Verification is also done after a single pass.

2. Secure Erase mode (Pro Model only)
The Pro model offers the ability to perform a “Secure Erase” pass. Secure Erase, built into modern hard drives, is a NIST certified method of wiping a hard drive – and it’s now supported by Drive eRazer Pro.

How is Secure Erase mode different from single pass mode?

Secure Erase is a feature on many modern hard drives (greater than 15GB). This feature ships in the drive’s firmware (written by the factory), and Drive eRazer can activate it at a hardware level.

Like single pass mode, Secure Erase mode also sequentially overwrites every single bit/track on the hard drive. Both modes overwrite data left at the end of partly overwritten blocks and directories. It better handles, however, data on “bad blocks” (single pass may stop and report an error at a bad block).

Secure Erase could be considered even more safe, too, since manufacturers will trigger specialized clearing commands, making sure to clear any drifting data in the otherwise untouched track margins on the drive platter.

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