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Is Hardwipe 5.1.4 ok for use as shredding software?


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#1 brian2009

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 02:41 PM

In looking around for a free Shredder program with a context menu presence, there seem to be negative reviews on all of them.

 

I used to use Eraser on my XP machine but it's current reviews don't look good.

 

I've found one called "Hardwipe" that installed easily on Win 7-64 and seems to get the job done and has a nice program interface along with a presence in the context menu.

 

I only rarely need a shredder and usually just single files. But, I do have quite a few old drives laying around now.

 

Anyone have any other possibilities to try if Hardwipe doesn't work out?

 

Thanks

 

http://www.hardwipe.com/


Edited by brian2009, 06 April 2016 - 02:45 PM.


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#2 TwinHeadedEagle

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 03:00 AM

Operation you're trying to do is called Low Level Format. This fully and irreversibly erases all data from your hard disk.

 

I think every hard drive maker should have such tool available for download, you just need to search for your hard drive model.

 

This link should be helpful: http://gizmodo.com/5494427/leave-no-trace-how-to-completely-erase-your-hard-drives-ssds-and-thumb-drives


Edited by TwinHeadedEagle, 07 April 2016 - 04:33 AM.


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:03 AM

Thanks. Yeah.

 

As I've looked around. there are many choices. Pretty much all the same.



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 03:58 PM

That's a great link.

 

Good info.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 04:54 PM

Here are a few more...

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