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post #11 of 17
I just normally run the US DoD 7 pass option. As i don't really see no need to do it more then that. It will be the next option under the default Gutman one.
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I selected unused space and selected the external drive (because I already ran quick formats). And it finished within seconds. Is that normal?
Getting done in a few seconds isn't normal.

My only guess would be that the drive is mostly full and there isn't much free space. Is there an option for a full drive wipe instead of just for free space?

Let me install it fast and take a look.

edit:

Select "Files in folder" and select the drive.
Edited by Kaldari - 7/24/11 at 5:52pm
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Nevermind.... read the FAQ on their site... very helpful

The "Getting to Know Eraser 6" section said to do a quick format for external drives and then choose to eliminate free space (exit from system tray and then run as admin first of course).

Otherwise it is as you said and you would choose files.... however, the quick format will make it a one step operation under free space rather than files and then free space.

Source
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 7/24/11 at 6:02pm
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They all pretty much use the same algorithms. Like I said, I prefer DoD 5220-22.M. The others seem either too light or overkill.

If it's good enough for the government, it's good enough for me.

3 or 7 pass - take your pick. I always use the 7-pass to be on the safe side.
DoD 5220-22.M is from 1993... current standards do not allow wiping for top secret information, only physical destruction of the hard drive is allowed...
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DoD 5220-22.M is from 1993... current standards do not allow wiping for top secret information, only physical destruction of the hard drive is allowed...
I know. And they're so paranoid that they save the dust from the disks being shattered in boxes at a storage facility.

My point was it wipes the drive pretty dang well.
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I know. And they're so paranoid that they save the dust from the disks being shattered in boxes at a storage facility.

My point was it wipes the drive pretty dang well.
Currently running one drive under that method and have a second one queued. Thanks again.
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Currently running one drive under that method and have a second one queued. Thanks again.
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