Wipe Your Hard Drive DoD-Clean

You can reformat and overwrite that old hard drive as many times as you want before junking it, and modern forensics software can still extract data from it. The Drive eRazer Ultra, however, can expunge your sensitive data to DoD specifications.

The Drive eRazer Ultra by Wiebetech is a standalone device for securely erasing hard drive data. It works natively with SATA and IDE/PAT drives, clearing them by overwriting every bit with a 0 — there's simply nothing left to recover from the plate.

The process is relatively speedy, averaging about 7GB/min for newer drives. Its Secure Erase mode — one of many available, including user-generated programs — eliminates data left at the end of partly overwritten blocks, directories, partitions and Host Protected Areas. And unlike, say, a degaussing machine or a comically large magnet, the drive remains usable afterwards. The Drive eRazer Ultra retails for 249 CHF ($US274) at the Wiebetech website. [TNW]


Comments

    I use a drillbit

    "You can reformat and overwrite that old hard drive as many times as you want before junking it, and modern forensics software can still extract data from it."

    really?!? overwrite & recover?

      Yeah that's what I thought. Total bollox. Get your drive, write over the whole thing. Game over, you ain't getting anything back.

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      Still no one from the industry has taken up that offer.

      Lets not let the facts stand in the way of a nice bit of sensationalisim. Or my spelling.

      "aside from that Mrs.Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?"

        You can, I did it the other day, used a certain program (not saying which so people don't recover other peoples data) and found the previous 13 partitions that were on it and could recover data from them all, so it had been erased and rewritten 14 times and I could still extract the data, don't try and say you can't recover it, and this was only with a $25 program, I am sure forensic specialists have much better programs

    I usually open 'em up, grab the magnets and if the platters are metal they become cup place-mats, if not they get smashed..!

      "cup place-mats" Uhh... coasters?

      Do you, by chance, head out to the country club carrying your golf bats?

        Yeah, if I knew the correct word I'd have used it, etiquette isn't my strong point. Sorry if I have offended your delicate sensibilities..!

    i scratch the platters on the concrete and then snap them in 1/4s

    Of you can save yourself the money and get a DoD spec formatting program off the net free..?

    Or you can save yourself the money and get a DoD spec formatting program off the net free..?

    Or use DBAN (Derik's Boot and Nuke) to use military-grade erasing, authorized for use on information classified at the top-secret level.

    yeah.. DBAN is the way to go.. use it all the time to delete HDDs at hospitals and unis etc.. u can't recover it when dban does the exact same thing as this thing does... u can set how many times it goes over the surface (i normaly select 3).. that aint gona be read again.

    Yeah zero write a selectable function in linux's and a downloadable program for windows, why do we need this? And dod used to just use a big electromagnet

    You want to stop your drive being read? cover it in thermite :P

    Single overwrite is more than sufficient for modern magnetic hard drives (unless you have an electron microscope). Note this method doesn't work for solid state hard drives. If you have one of those you can overwrite is 100 times and there is still a chance data will remain due to the wear leveling techniques those hard drives use. Magnetic hard drives though once and you're all good. By once I mean overwriting off a boot disc outside of windows not doing a format in windows.

    I don't keep anything that "sensitive" on any of my drives.
    Also, Police forensics can pull data up from drives that have been reformatted AND re-partitioned.
    (I do work for them)
    If the drive is fundamentally operational, you'd be surprised (terrified?) at what can still be pulled off of them.
    Use a hammer.

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