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Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Best Software to Wipe Drive on Windows 7 OS

Hard drives, USB drives, memory cards, flash drives, external hard drives are the renowned data storage devices used to store personal and professional data. Generally when you want to dispose or resell the data storage devices which contain personal pictures, videos, bank password details then it becomes very important to make sure that the confidential data is permanently removed from them to avoid misuse of personal or business data.

Data security is the main issue which is to be taken care of first. Many users seem to be unaware of what they must do in order to sell the data storage drive to any unknown person and they think that simple deletion or formatting the drive will erase the data permanently from the device. But it is absolutely wrong, mere deletion of files using Shift + Delete keys, Windows command prompt, Windows explorer or emptying the Recycle Bin will never remove the data permanently from the drive. File system saves the allocation information of each and every file in its allocation table. When the file is deleted the file pointer pointing to that location will be deleted by the file system but not the actual file, it just becomes inaccessible but not permanently removed. Even when you format the hard drive or delete a partition, you only delete the file system making the data invisible but it is not gone forever. Then you may be thinking, how to wipe computer hard drive completely? Read more to know about the solution.

Windows 7 operating system provides free built- in tool called cipher.exe for erasing the data. This overwrites the free space on a drive with a random sequence of 0’s and 1’s. But files leave physical imprints or shadows on your drive and any skilled computer hackers can access your confidential data with the help of some data recovery softwares even it has been properly overwritten with cipher.exe tool. Because, cipher.exe does not affect the data in alternate data stream of file slack. If you want to make sure that your private information is gone forever, you have to wipe the drive using the drive wipe software. Since the drive wipe software completely erases all personal information, programs, virus from any data storage device on Windows 7, it is impossible to recover data even with sophisticated tools.

Drive wipe software uses 9 different sanitization standards to securely wipe data from hard drive and other data storage devices. The standards include:

  • Fast zero overwrite
  • Random overwrite
  • US Navy NAVSO P-5239-26_RLL
  • US Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M)_DOD Standard 5220.28 STD
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization_NATO standard
  • Peter Gutmann Secure Deletion
  • German:VSITR-US Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M)
  • Gutmann Method
Above mentioned standards are given by defense and government agencies across the globe to wipe confidential information from any data storage devices. This software overwrites the data with binary digits or random numbers or garbage data depending on the method selected to wipe the data. It is recommended as trusted drive wipe software by group of industry experts which helps to wipe deleted files permanently without facing any complications. If you want to shred the data at a particular day at particular time then you can use this software that has built-in scheduler to shred the data on specific date and time from drives. Its user friendly interface allows you to erase data from complete hard drive or from particular logical drive. This software can wipe the drive on Windows operating system versions like Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and 2008.

Steps to wipe out drive data:

Step 1: Download and install the software on your Windows based computer. After launching the software a main window will be displayed. On main window of the program, select the physical or logical drive that you need to wipe and click on "Next" button as shown in Fig 1.

Drive Wipe for Windows - Main Window

Fig 1: Main Window

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Step 2: Choose anyone of the nine shredding methods and click "Next" as shown in Fig 2. If you are using trial version of the software you will get access to only first three shredding methods. To get benefit of all of the above listed shredding methods you need to purchase and activate the software.

Drive Wipe for Windows - Shredding Techniques

Fig 2: Shredding Patterns

Step 3: Finally, you can get the glimps of drive wiping procedure progress as shown in Fig 3.

Drive Wipe for Windows - View Wiping Process

Fig 3: View Wiping Process

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Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

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