As IT professionals, you already know that merely clearing the Recycle Bin from within the operating system does not guarantee that the data can no longer be retrieved. In many cases, a 100 percent recovery can be achieved using a number of commercially available software tools.
While software tools exist to perform proper data wipes, the logistical nightmare posed by a company-wide upgrade of say, 200 computers, is very real.
Salvation might be at hand though, according to CNET Crave:
Today, Wiebetech introduced the first standalone, consumer-friendly hard drive wiping device dubbed eRazer. Unlike most exiting data wiping software solutions, the eRazer doesn't need a computer to work. You just plug your hard drive in to the device, turn it on and it will take care of the data shredding business.
Wiebetech claims that the eRazer wipes data at the rate of 35MB/s, about 55% faster than most software wiping solutions. While this hasn't been verified by CNET Labs, the fact that you can get the old hard drive cleansed without having to tie up your computer is indeed appealing.
The eRazer comes in two flavors, a $99 regular version that only works on desktop IDE hard drives, as well as a $149.95 Pro version that comes with a "Multi-pass" wipe mode. The Pro version can also be upgraded with a $50 converter to handle IDE and SATA hard drives in both desktop and laptop flavors.
You can read more from the eRazer product page.
What method do you use to properly wipe old hard drives before disposal? Any data-related horror stories to share?
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.