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Windows 7: Which method of Erasure for using the Eraser program?

08 Jun 2011   #1
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Which method of Erasure for using the Eraser program?

I've download the Eraser program to totally wipe an old HDD I had.

I also noticed it also has an option to Erase the Recycle bin.

Now Under the Add New Task, there are many Erasure options, just to name a few:

Default
Gutmann (35 passes)
Scheiner 7 (7 passes)
US Air Force 5020 (3 Passes)
US Army (3 passes)

Anyone know how many passes are done with the Default?

How long would it take to do the 35 pass option? What about the 7 pass option?

Thanks.


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08 Jun 2011   #2
Oaken

Windows 7
 
 

Some will say one pass (Eraser default) others will say as many as possible. Personally I defer to Bruce Scheiner's (7 passes) security knowledge.

Time-wise it depends on the size of the drive. For 500G 7 passes will likely take up to 4 hours, 35 passes could take all day or more.

To be honest the Drive Wiper tool included in CCleaner is noticeably faster and will do the job just as well.
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08 Jun 2011   #3
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OakenG View Post
Some will say one pass (Eraser default) others will say as many as possible. Personally I defer to Bruce Scheiner's (7 passes) security knowledge.

Time-wise it depends on the size of the drive. For 500G 7 passes will likely take up to 4 hours, 35 passes could take all day or more.

To be honest the Drive Wiper tool included in CCleaner is noticeably faster and will do the job just as well.
Ok thanks for that info. I'll go with the 7 passes and let it run through the night.

I already have Eraser ready to go, might as well just use it...
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08 Jun 2011   #4
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

I tried running The Scheiner 7 option to clean my Recycle bin & it seems to time out right away & says "completed with errors"

I open up the log & see this:

So did it successfully erase the Recycle bin? It literally took like 15 seconds for it to start & complete/error out?

The recycle bin was already empty, but I wanted to give it a really good scrubbing...


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08 Jun 2011   #5
Oaken

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry I can't help you very much at all with troubleshooting Eraser 6- I had nothing but aggro with it on Windows 7 and uninstalled it within a day or so. Wish I'd posted this in my previous post though I didn't want to knock it as I've not used V6 in over a year. I still use version 5 on an XP Pro rig which has always been reliable- never had an error message that I can recall.

My advice is to uninstall it and use the one in CCleaner.
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09 Jun 2011   #6
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oaken View Post
Sorry I can't help you very much at all with troubleshooting Eraser 6- I had nothing but aggro with it on Windows 7 and uninstalled it within a day or so. Wish I'd posted this in my previous post though I didn't want to knock it as I've not used V6 in over a year. I still use version 5 on an XP Pro rig which has always been reliable- never had an error message that I can recall.

My advice is to uninstall it and use the one in CCleaner.
Hmm I thought I had CCleaner, but I guess not.

Does CCleaner also have an option to clean the Recyle bin?
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09 Jun 2011   #7
Oaken

Windows 7
 
 

It does...

Download CCleaner from FileHippo.com and it should not include installer options for any other soft/adware.

During installation it will give you the option to add Empty Recycle Bin to the context menu, among others. Which works with the Recycle Bin desktop shortcut, and also some docks/launchers. Otherwise it should be selected by default in the Windows tab of the interface for when you run the cleaning process.

You can optionally add the winapp2.ini file to the installation folder which will add a raft of other cleaning locations for both Windows and numerous applications. If you register at the developers forums you can download it there, once you are logged in. Otherwise, the portable freeware CCEnhancer can grab it for you and handle future updates.

For on-the-fly file destruction I'd recommend FileMenu Tools for it's built-in and configurable shredding tool.
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09 Jun 2011   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you are trying to clean up old stuff and files Ccleaner is best
If you are trying to clean your hard drive any personal information, for a sale, eraser is best.
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11 Jun 2011   #9
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Ok I will try downloading CCleaner again.

It would be nice if someone else was familiar with the Eraser program & can help with the problem of it not erasing the recycle bin since I already have it downloaded & installed...
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12 Jun 2011   #10
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
If you are trying to clean up old stuff and files Ccleaner is best
If you are trying to clean your hard drive any personal information, for a sale, eraser is best.
Ok, I've decided against selling it the HDD, giving it to a family member, but I'm still going to try to run Eraser on it, I hope I dont have the same problems I was having trying to clean the Recycle bin.

I will run the CCleaner for the Recycle Bin cleaning.
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