Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Most people have some data that they would rather not share with others – passwords, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records, self-written poems, the list continues. Perhaps you have saved some of this information on your computer where it is conveniently at your reach, but when the time comes to remove the data from your hard disk, things get a bit more complicated and maintaining your privacy is not as simple as it may have seemed at first. Your first thought may be that when you ‘delete’ the file, the data is gone. Not quite, when you delete a file, the operating system does not really remove the file from the disk; it only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface. Before the file is overwritten, anyone can easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or an undelete utility. There are several problems in secure file removal, mostly caused by the use of write cache, construction of the hard disk and the use of data encoding. These problems have been taken into consideration when Eraser was designed, and because of this intuitive design and a simple user interface, you can safely and easily erase private data from your hard drive. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Deleting a file once and forever is supposed to be an easy task, but with so many recovery tools on the market, one can never be sure data was safely removed, without any chance of getting it back. Eraser, on the other hand, promises to really help you in this regard, as its sole goal is to permanently delete files and folders, so recovery solutions won’t be able to restore a single bit of information.
Schedule multiple removal tasks
The program is so efficient mostly thanks to the fact that it not only removes the data, but it also overwrites it multiple times with some predefined patterns.
The interface is pretty straightforward, so in order to permanently clear data you have to set up new schedules. There are a few options available though, so you have to decide whether to run the task manually, immediately, on restart or recurring.
Various algorithms at your disposal
But the most important thing is the erasure method. There are 13 tools available, each with its very own way to deal with data removal, so pick the one you think will do a better job and you’re ready to go.
Of course, Gutmann or US Army AR380-19 might not tell you much, but you can always have a look in the detailed help menu to get more information on such topics.
Eraser needs some time to delete the files, that’s for sure, but that’s not a drawback at all, it’s just that the app needs to make sure your data won’t be recovered at all.
To sum it up
In conclusion, Eraser is indeed one of the best secure cleaning tools on the market. Very easy to use and packing enough features to attract many, this tool may very well become a must have for most users. It takes its time to complete given tasks, but this is only to make sure files are gone once and for all.(Source: softpedia)
– It works with All Windows
– It works with any drive that works with Windows
– Secure drive erasure methods are supported out of the box
– Erases files, folders and their previously deleted counterparts
– Works with an extremely customisable Scheduler