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CMRR Secure Erase for Hard Drives Released

By wolfgang. 18 February 2008 14:22

CMRR has released Secure Erase for hard drives.

From the readme:

"HDDerase.exe is a DOS-based utility that securely erases "sanitizes" all data on ATA hard disk drives in Intel architecture computers (PCs).  It offers the option to run the drive internal secure erase command, security erase unit, based on the ATA specification by the T13 technical committee.  To run the utility make a floppy, recordable CD-R, or USB DOS bootable disk; then copy HDDerase.exe to the bootable media.  Reboot the computer with the floppy, CD-R, or USB inserted, and type "hdderase" at the system DOS prompt.  Make sure to set the correct priority boot order in the system BIOS, such as first boot floppy, CD-R, or USB depending on which media is used to run HDDerase.exe.  HDDerase.exe must be run from an actual DOS environment and not a Window based DOS command prompt environment."


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