Eraser finished with problems..

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by MatK, Apr 27, 2011.

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  1. MatK

    MatK Registered Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    Hi folks..

    I'm selling a few of my drives and am in the process of wiping them.
    I first formatted the drive, then made a full drive TrueCrypt partition overwriting everything, formatted again and ran Eraser over the whole drive with triple pass.
    I believe that procedure is safe enough to wipe drive, correct?

    But when Eraser finished, I got the following error:

    Not sure what that is, so if someone could please help me out..
    Did Erases do it's job or did something went wrong?

  2. Sadeghi85

    Sadeghi85 Registered Member

    Dec 20, 2009
    The more secure and fastest option is ATA Secure Erase command, I wouldn't use anything else to wipe my drives, specially if I wanted to sell them. Download Parted Magic iso, burn it to a CD and boot, then go to menu > System Tools > Erase Disk , select Internal: Secure Erase and continue...


    More info about it :
  3. noone_particular

    noone_particular Registered Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    System Volume information is wher Windows keeps restore points. I"m not familiar with Truecrypt, but if system restore is enabled, the system volume information folder was protected by Windows during the entire process and hasn't been reformatted or erased. System restore will protect all folder with that name. Either overwrite the hard drives from outside of Windows or, if you don't use it, disable system restore and erase it again. Erasing from outside of Windows is the better option. Partition Magic, D-Ban, and others will all handle the task.
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