I went out on a limb and brought Wipe Drive Pro It's payware and not enemic in price, but.......... HDDERASE is open source (free) HDDERASE and claims to tap into a Hard Drives's own built-in secure erase algorithym to securely sanatize any hard drive from it's former data/partition. It runs from a floppy of all things whereas Wipe Drive Pro uses CD. I am totally on the fence over these 2. I just erased with WDP and used every conceivable recovery app in inventory plus others found on the internet. I run a simple 3 pass with verification. It was fast! and for all intensive purposes lived up to it's claim. Afterwards my new XP reinstall flew like a rocket and was over in minutes! With HDDERASE the same held true even though it runs from a plastic floppy, and it was equally fast although i didn't set a timewatch on either of them. This was purely experimental on my part. I used TESTDISK to try to surface any indications some data might be still been reachable but nothing doing. Both done a clean wipe with no chance for software recovery as we know it. My question then stands like this, which of these are better, or are they both much too similiar in their performances for any real comparisions to be of any useful discussion. One runs from a floppy and is free while the other runs from CD but makes high claims that they even service the USA Governement agencies as one of their high-profile clients. As always, i don't use them to safely destroy some important secrets but concentrate my efforts on which one's wipe well enough to clear away even the most minute degree of previous files to improve performance, which is my highest expectation.