Can anyone recommend a Format eraser

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  1. SPEEDY6128

    SPEEDY6128 Registered Member

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    Hi there,

    Can anyone recommend a commercial/shareware format eraser, so the data becomes unrecoverable ? Preferable from a well established company. I would of thought Acronis would offer something like this, but I cant seem to find anything.

    Many thanks
     
  2. Mrkvonic

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    Re: Cany anyone recommend a Format eraser

    Hi,
    You could format your hard drive 7-8 times.
    Mrk
     
  3. SPEEDY6128

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    Re: Cany anyone recommend a Format eraser

    hi,

    I'd be long dead before then :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
     
  4. zapjb

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    Re: Cany anyone recommend a Format eraser

    Afaik any product that is a "format eraser, so the data becomes unrecoverable". Will take hours & hours, maybe days. Depending on the security method & HDD size.
     
  5. SPEEDY6128

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    hi,

    just discovered Acronis do have a product that does just that, "Acronis Drive Cleanser". Do they still support this product ?
     
  6. aka:snowman

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    Re: Cany anyone recommend a Format eraser

    Active@ KillDisk - Hard Drive Eraser is powerful and compact DOS software that allows you to destroy all data on hard and floppy drives completely, excluding any possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders. It's a hard drive and partition eraser utility.



    Both Free and Pay versions



    http://www.killdisk.com/
     
  7. aka:snowman

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    Re: Cany anyone recommend a Format eraser

    First read this:



    http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cach...rive erase freeware&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=10


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    HDDErase v1.6 Beta

    Who would do you trust to tell you how to delete files securely? How about a researcher at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research at the University of California, San Diego? Dr. Gordon Hughes of the CMRR wrote HDDErase to help us securely delete files.

    Note: To use this command-line utility, you'll need to boot from a floppy that has the program on it. See the CMRR Web site at the link to your left for details



    http://msn.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,23288,00.asp
     
  8. SPEEDY6128

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    Re: Cany anyone recommend a Format eraser

    Many thanks aka:snowman , ill give it a try/look.
     
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    @aka:snowman thanks. The read me makes this sound great.
     
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    Re: Cany anyone recommend a Format eraser

    I use http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/ Eraser, works flawlessy for me.

    Supports the Guttman 35 pass (US DoD is a mere 7), even setting your own custom passes, wipes all data, including overwriting unnamed data streams associated files in NTFS.
     
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    I bought KillDisk Pro and I'm very happy with it. Everytime I reinstall windows I wipe all my HD'S first, wouldn't be with out it
     
  12. SPEEDY6128

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    many thanks guys
     
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    If I had an encrypted harddisk, do you think I still need a harddisk eraser when I want to re-install Windows and personal files ?
     
  17. Carver

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    Well it would depend on who you wanted to keep the files from, Hackers or the police. The police might ask why you have a encrypted harddisk in the first place.
     
  18. ErikAlbert

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    Not that this will happen in Belgium, but if the police asks, no problem.

    Any personal file can be stolen from my harddisk and I don't know how criminals do it now and I certainly don't know how they will do it in the future. I don't even know how to protect myself against stealing.
    So I looked at this problem from a different angle in order to get rid of this problem.
    I decided to let them steal my personal files without using extra protection softwares, but the stolen files will be unreadable by encryption.
    What's the point of stealing files, if you can't read them ?
    So this works all the time even in the future.
    I don't use encryption to hide secrets, I use encryption as a method to make stolen files useless. That's not the same.

    That's what I'm going to tell to the police and I also will advice them to catch the real criminals instead of asking stupid questions to me and I won't need my encryption software anymore.
    One security software less makes me always happy. :)
     
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  19. EASTER.2010

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    Long time eraser disciple here too.

    Does the job and also wipes up after itself :cool:
     
  20. Brinn

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    The correct answer to that is, "none of your business."
     
  21. securityx

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    Just wanted to say that Brinn is right in saying it's none of their business. You don't need an answer to police as to why you have encryption. In the USA and Canada and many other nations, it's not illegal, you are not forced to give passwords, etc. For some in Europe, it's not so easy.
     
  22. Durad

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    Check PC Certify, they have software that is used to test hardware and under HDD Utilities they have option to security erase drives. It need 13 hours for 60gb 7200RPM drive (P4 2.6ghz).

    Also www.uxd.com have software for that.

    In case that i need this software I would definately go with Acronis!
     
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