Freeware To Erase Sensitive Data

Eraser is an advanced security tool that helps to erase completely any sensitive private data in the hard disk. These data include passwords, official documents, personal and financial information.

The free software is compatible with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 2003 server and DOS. It is attuned with drives like IDE, SCSI and RAID, and CD-RW’s and supports Supports FAT32 and NTFS Files Systems. While an ordinary deletion removes the data from the file system table alone, and not from the hard disk, eraser software overwrites the data and even removes the magnetic remains from the hard drive. This ensures that even after overwriting, the file cannot be recovered by studying magnetic field patterns on the disk surface. Eraser’s file removal cannot be overcome by File Recovery software applications or Hardware tools.

The software has an intuitive, user friendly interface for erasing sensitive data by trouncing issues caused by data encoding, hard disk structure and write cache use. The software appears as an eraser’ option in the context menu of the Windows Explorer and Recycle bin.

The overwriting methods and magnetic field remains removal techniques are based on the methods prescribed by Peter Gutmann’s paper “Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory”, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US department and US Department of Defence and overwriting with pseudorandom data.

Eraser can remove files and folders, including those which were only deleted previously and not overwritten. It uses the Darik’s Boot and Nuke method to erase hard drives. It can obliterate encrypted and compressed files and drives as well as internet cookies and Windows Temporary Files. The software securely expunges paging files, internet cache; recycle bin components, Network Files, Floppy Disks, CD-RW, DVD-RAM and DVD-RW. It also wipes away all traces of Index.dat on Reboot as well as FreeSpace on 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and DOS.

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