List of data-erasing software

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This is a list of utilities for performing data erasure.

Name Developer Licensing Operating system required to run Maintained? Supported wipe methods Reports
BCWipe Jetico Commercial proprietary software Windows, Unix, OS X Yes external[1] (using OS-driven disk writes) Yes
BCWipe Total WipeOut Jetico Commercial proprietary software OS independent (runs from bootable media), based on unknown OS Yes internal[2] (using on-controller ATA Secure Erase commands), external Yes
BleachBit GNU General Public License Windows, Linux Yes external[3] on screen, Copy and Paste-able
CCleaner Piriform Trialware Windows, OS X Yes external[4] ?
Data Shredder CBL Data Recovery Technologies Freeware Windows Yes external[5] ?
Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) Darik Horn GNU General Public License OS independent, based on Linux Yes external[6] ?
dd[7][8] Same as host OS Unix Yes external not directly supported without scripting
Disk Utility Apple Commercial proprietary software OS X Yes external[9] ?
HDDerase University of California, San Diego Freeware OS independent, based on DOS No internal[10] ?
hdparm Mark Lord BSD license Linux Yes internal[11] not directly supported without scripting
Parted_Magic Patrick Verner, Parted Magic LLC uses mostly GPL components with published source, a few proprietary components, and fee for media/download[12][13] OS independent, based on Slackware Linux Yes internal, external[14] CSV, TXT, and extended TXT[15]
SDelete Mark Russinovich Commercial proprietary software but (executable) freely distributed Windows Yes internal[16] ?
shred GNU Project GNU GPL v3 Unix Yes external[17] not directly supported without scripting
Shredit Mireth Technology, Burningthumb Software Trialware Windows, OS X Yes ? ?
srm Dirk Jagdmann MIT License[18] Unix Yes external not directly supported without scripting
WipeDrive WhiteCanyon Software Commercial proprietary software OS independent (any x86-based target system), based on unknown OS Yes unclear, but references to "freeze locks" implies internal[19] PDF, XML, TXT, CSV and DB
Zeero proprietary software Tru64 UNIX No ? not directly supported without scripting

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jetico Enterprise Data Protection". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jetico Enterprise Data Protection". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "BleachBit Features". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "CCleaner Features". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "CBL Data Shredder Features". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "DBAN / Blancco Feature Comparison". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Elliot, Duncan (11 November 2009). "Using "dd" and "urandom" to write random data to a disk". Duncan Elliot's blog. IBM. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Hodgetts, Benjamin (4 December 2010). "Securely Wiping (Zero Writing) a Drive". Robot Butler. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "OS X: About Disk Utility's erase free space feature". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "HDDErase Readme". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "kernel.org ATA wiki". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Parted Magic software components". Parted Magic software list. 3 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Parted Magic source code". Parted Magic source code. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Parted Magic Secure Erase". Parted Magic web site. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "Parted Magic Secure Erase". Parted Magic web site. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "SDelete". technet.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  17. ^ "shred invocation". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "secure rm". SourceForge. Dice Holdings. 31 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "White Canyon - Erase Hard Drive". Retrieved 3 April 2016.