Data Shredder

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Data Shredder
Developer(s) CBL Datenrettung
Stable release
1.0.1 / April 3, 2007 (2007-04-03)
Operating system Windows, MS-DOS
Available in Multilingual
Type Secure erase
License Proprietary, freeware
Website cbldatarecovery.com

Data Shredder (also known as CBL Data Shredder) is a data destruction utility designed to securely erase a hard disk or digital storage device, completely removing the data and making it unrecoverable. The software utilizes an overwrite method of destroying data rather than other means of data destruction (such as: ATA secure erase, crypto-shredding, degaussing, physical destruction).

Wiping standards[edit]

Windows Version DOS Version
United States Department of Defense 5220.22-M National Industrial Security Standard Yes Yes
Germany BSI Verschlusssachen-IT-Richtlinien (VSITR (de)) Yes Yes
Bruce Schneier’s Algorithm Yes Yes
Peter Gutmann’s Algorithm Yes Yes
RCMP DSX Method Yes Yes
Custom Method (zeroes, ones, random, number of passes) Yes Yes

International Data Destruction and Demand[edit]

Widespread need for secure data destruction meant that language-variants of the program needed to be developed to support demand. Coverage of the product in countries like Germany and Singapore lead to excessive downloading and general popularity. PC Magazine included Data Shredder as one of its must-have security tools.[1] A large increase in electronic waste due to high quanitites of old computers being thrown out as garbage in dumps and landfills made security of data stored on hard drives a bigger concern of the general public.[2] Data destruction became a part of regular service offerings from the company as press coverage highlighted the step in the data recovery process.[3]

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