by February 1, 2009 0 comments

When disposing an old hard drive or moving or upgrading a NAS or a
workstation, it’s always advisable to erase data on them, as it might contain
critical information that might end up in wrong hands. With effective data
recovery technologies around, it’s not enough to just delete it from Windows, as
data deleted in such manner can always be recovered later. This is where disk
wiping tools come in handy. We recently received one such tool from Stellar.

Stellar Disk Wipe, runs directly from a bootable CD and cannot be installed
on a machine. Also the software doesn’t run without the hardware license key.
Using the software is quite simple. Once the system has booted with Stellar Disk
Wipe CD, it launches a wizard which guides you through the process of disk
sanitization. It supports 12 disk wiping algorithms from basic Zeros (1 pass) to
the US Air Force AFSSI 5020 algorithm.

Price: Rs 12,000 (for 50 count pack)
Key Specs: Twelve disk wipe algorithms supported, no installation
required; runs directly from CD
Contact: Stellar Information Systems, Delhi
Tel: 9310823636

SMS Buy 130291 to 56677

When wiping a 120 GB disk, it took us 4 hours and 48 minutes. After it had
finished wiping the disk, it even gave us the option to save the log on a
removable drive. We attached the drive to another machine and tried to retrieve
data using a data recovery software, but the software did not find any files on
the drive.

Bottomline: A decent solution for people dealing with
disposing critical data.

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