Fred 2012-05-04 19:25:35
I am looking for the recommendation of utilty erasing data from
I need the utilty which:
1. Will NOT stop on errors (disk write errors) but it will continue until
all disk is done
2. Will allow me to choose sectors to overwrite.
Oliver aiching 2012-05-04 19:25:37
Did you already try DBAN? http://www.dban.org/download
Fred 2012-05-04 19:25:38
I tried now. It is not good.
Not only does not allow me to select clusters but it does not see my hard
drive at all!
(Partitions were removed by Western Digital utility software)
Olfart 2012-05-24 18:45:39
if the partitions were removed so was the data
Fred 2012-05-24 18:45:42
not true at all
Bennett marco 2012-05-24 18:45:44
Check the manufacturer’s website and see if it has a utility for
completely erasing the drive.
Spamcop user 2012-05-24 18:45:46
I use ERASER which is a boot CD & takes 8 – 72 hours to government wipe hard
Fred 2012-05-24 18:45:48
But unfortunately, writing “0” stops on the first writing error and on any
consecutive error asking me if I want to continue.
I need to bypass that message step, and continue automatically regardless of
Anonymous 2012-05-24 18:45:50
Download a trial version from here:
Fred 2012-05-24 18:45:52
Does it allow you to select sectors or will it not stop on errors?
Paul 2012-05-24 18:45:54
SecureErase uses a disk erase command in the drive command set.
The use of dd_rescue is suggested here. dd_rescue is a version of
dd (Unix Disk Dump) that works around storage devices having errors.
I downloaded the Diaz version from here. A very small file, something
you’d build in Linux.
This is a comment from the documentation file of that GNU dd_rescue,
in the ddrescue.info file.
Wipe only the good sectors, leaving the bad sectors alone.
This way, the drive will still test bad (i.e., with unreadable sectors).
This is the fastest way of wiping a failing drive, and is specially
useful when sending the drive back to the manufacturer for warranty
ddrescue –fill=+ /dev/zero bad_drive logfile”
So potentially, that is another method to do it.
dd_rescue is also a potential way of verifying the erasure. You
could wipe the drive with zeros first, then attempt data recovery
with dd_rescue in the forward direction, and scan the resulting
output for non-zero data. That would tell you whether any readable
Any apparent issue with any data erasure method, is the Host Protected
Area. Any disk erasing solutions I’ve seen, make no promises that they
can properly deal with an HPA. So extra care must be exercised in that
case. Detection of HPA is mentioned here.
I haven’t tried any of the above. Good luck.
Chuck 2012-05-24 18:45:59
And the really stupid thing is that in the US, an eraser program is
considered illegal by non computer literate judges!
After all, if you have such a program, it is assumed that you have it for an
illegal purpose, such as maintaining your rights to privacy and security of
your personal papers, etc. (A right that the government has chipped away at
Daave 2012-05-24 18:46:01
Bennett marco 2012-05-24 18:46:03
What Daave said.
Twayne 2012-05-24 18:46:04
There is no citation because the claim if patently wrong. There are
hundreds, if not thousands, of delete/wipe/overwrite/etc. programs
available on the ‘net.
Wherever the information came from is incorrect unless the machine
is under a current legal order, in which case it would be confiscated.
I suspect something is missing from the translation. Twayne`
Shenan stanley 2012-05-24 18:46:06
Something being incorrect does not keep it from having a source to be cited
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Twayne 2012-05-24 18:46:08
Yeahhhh, technically that’s true and you’re right. “Citation” in that
context just seemed to give some sort of credit where I don’t consider
the source of bad information as being worthy of any kind of credit,
just in case someone misread it. My whole sentence probably shouldn’t
even have been written there.
Chuck 2012-05-24 18:46:39
As I understand it–
The government (state?, federal?) brought criminal charges (likely to do
with “kiddy p***”)
No evidence of the prohibited matter was found on the accused’s systems. The
presence of a popular erase program was found on the systems.
Therefore, the accused was “assumed” to be guilty by the judge, based upon
the presence of the erase program, and other circumstantial evidence.
I had hoped that the ruling & conviction would be appealed, since many use a
similar (or the same) program to cleanup a hard drive before defragging or
One of the gov’s laptop protection methods involved the use of such a
program. It was automatically started in silent mode if an incorrect user
login was repeated too many times in succession, or other intrusion attempts
were detected. In addition, parts of the laptop’s HD were encrypted. (US
made(assembled) “special purpose” Laptops for “critical use”). The laptop
I’m referring to also had a magnesium alloy case, and, if exposed to a good
hot fire, burnt quite well.
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