In a Nutshell
Of the four drive erasers I examined, this is the simplest of all. I say simplest because all it does is erase your hard drive; nothing more, nothing less.
When you erase a drive, you have the options to select which drive to erase. You also have the options to specify the "shredding scheme", the file system, and whether to use Quick Format or not.
I had a 4GB thumb drive, and set it to Write Zeros as the shredding scheme, with FAT32 file system, and with Quick Format set. When I started the process, it asked me to confirm that I wish to erase the drive by typing "ERASE" in a field before starting. Then in the progress log, you would see what it is doing. The erasing process has begun when is states "Erasing disk X", where X is the letter of the drive being erased. It also has a progress meter just above the log panel. At 40 minutes, the erasing process was at about 25% complete. I didn't wait for it, but I extrapolated completion time to be 2 hours and 40 minutes. This is for a 4GB thumb drive. Imagine dealing with a 500GB hard drive!
This product has no view data function like the one found on DiskWipe; but like DiskWipe, it has no boot features that will give you the ability to wipe the drives of a computer you wish to trash. It is more practical to use it on removable media like thumb drives.
Here are its product specifics:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows (their web site wasn't explicit about which flavor it works with but it mentioned Windows XP and Vista in its online help documentation; I tested in Windows 7 and it seems to work)
License type: free
Installer size: not applicable
File count: 1
Total size: 618 KB
- Securely erases whole volumes, disk drives, partitions or floppy drives.
- Overwrites data multiple times using one of four advanced algorithms which assure erased data can not be recovered.Works with all file systems (NTFS, FAT32, FAT).
- Simple, light weight and optimized for speed.
- Peter Guttman method for users concerned about security of their data.
Supported erasure schemes are as follows:
- DoD 5220-22.M (recommended)
- Write Zeros
- Us Army
- Peter Guttman (very slow)