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Wipe Your Hard Drive DoD-Clean

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You can reformat and overwrite that old hard drive as many times as you want before junking it—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 ($274) at the Wiebetech website. [TNW]

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Moonshadow Kati aka Lady Locksmith

As an IT gal, this makes no sense to me. According to my possibly flawed knowledge, overwriting all data with 0s is the same as a full format (vs a quick format that just deletes the records of the files), rendering this device redundant. We were taught that the best way to ensure that a hard drive is unreadable is to destroy it with a drill. Can anyone confirm or deny this?