Eraser, Secure file deletion / file shredder software that able to erase hard disk files securely without any data recovery software to recover the deleted files. This secure file deletion wiping or shredding data using combination pseudo-random data on any number of file shredder times you wish. (The best practice of secure file deletion process that US Department of Defense (DOD) recommendations of either 3 times or 7 times, or the Gutmann recommendation of 35 times, etc).
Meanwhile, Eraser secure file deletion software is an open source utility software and works under Windows only. If you’re installing the Eraser desktop version, it integrated Eraser in the Explorer context menu. So, you right-click a file or folder and choose to Erase the file or Erase it upon restart. You can also drag directories or files into the Eraser window to delete them immediately.
The latest Eraser will be version 6.0.9, which provides a portable version that you can throw on your USB jump drive to take with you for your erasing needs on the go. However, the latest version doesn’t have any prompt message for confirming the secure file deletion process. While file / data erasing, the system tray Eraser file deletion icon (a red nuclear symbol) will pulsate.
While Eraser was actively deleting a large directory it used between 55-70MB of memory, while just idling it used only a few MBs. The amount of file shredding time taken will depend upon the file shredding method used to write over the files and how many passes it makes plus the file size. The bigger the file then the longer it will take.
Another cool features about Eraser secure file deletion software is their file shredding schedule features, which the software can be run manually, immediately, or scheduled to run at restart or a recurring time (hourly, daily, or weekly). You can also configure Eraser so that certain files or folders are placed where the erased files were in case it’s needed for plausible deniability.
Eraser Secure file deletion Features:
- It works with 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
- It works with any drive that works with Windows
- Secure drive erasure methods are supported out of the box
- Erases files, folders and previously deleted counterparts
- Works with an extremely customisable Scheduler
You can download Eraser and learn more from its homepage.