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Hardwipe 5.1.3 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Hardwipe 5.1.3

Erase (or 'hard wipe') data on disk and portable storage media conveniently.
$12.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 76 (77%) 23 (23%) 20 comments

Hardwipe 5.1.3 was available as a giveaway on February 28, 2016!

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Hardwipe is the data sanitization toolset used by activists, journalists, IT technicians and anyone to ensure that discarded, but sensitive, information can never be recovered by someone else. Hardwipe provides a slick user interface with optional support for 'right-click' context menus in Windows File Explorer. Use Hardwipe to conveniently and permanently erase (or 'hard wipe') data on disk and portable storage media.

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10 (x64)

Publisher:

Big Angry Dog

Homepage:

http://www.hardwipe.com/

File Size:

8.4 MB

Price:

$12.99

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#11

I'm not sure any of these erase programs will work reliably on SSDs as they have their own MITM operating system moving things around inside them.

If you need to erase a SSD use the program supplied by the manufacturer or maybe HDDerase, which uses a wipe function built into the disks themselves.

If you really want privacy, the only certainty is full disk encryption from the beginning.

Reply   |   Comment by Godel  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

A competent open source utility is Eraser.

Home page: http://eraser.heidi.ie/

Reply   |   Comment by Casper  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Casper
I would advise AGAINST Eraser. Extremely hard to uninstall.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Alan
It is my understanding that upon reboot, the removal will complete.

http://eraser.heidi.ie/forum/threads/cant-uninstall-eraser.10422/

Reply   |   Comment by Casper  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

If you read the terms, and read between the ines. It sounds like as soon as you download this program, they can immediately have access to everything on your computer and their 3rd party associates. Does that mean that if anyone associated with the program or their associates can alter their programs and have the same access to your computer. Hmmm, sounds like they will know and can copy your content and store it before they kick down your door, so where does this program leave you by downloading it?

Reply   |   Comment by Rlauts  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#8

Disk Wipe is portable freeware. Works with XP. Only 1.05MB in size.
Would prefer that to today's giveaway.

Who really security wipes their hard disk anyway?
Have you done that at least once in the last 20 years?
For most of us, the answer is NIL.

USB drives - yes. I think there may be a use here for wiping USB portable flash drives.
But there are many freeware for this.

As a general rule, try not to "wipe" anything, if you are not handling State Secrets.

When you really want to use such software - be very careful. Do NOT accidentally wipe the wrong drive.
If you mistakenly wipe the wrong drive, say C: that contains your OS and programs, then it is a mess.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#7

I just used Gparted to eliminate all data on the hard drive before installing Windows 7.

The Windows Update feature will not work, it just sits there at "checking for updates".

I was told by Microsoft to delete the contents of the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder, but even using Iobit Unlocker I get a message that some files are in use by another process.

Will this software be able to erase these files even though they are in use by another process?

Any help would be appreciated to get Windows Update to work properly.
Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#6

@MikeR. You are a gifted writer.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Martin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#5

I checked their website. There is a 100% free all the time version. The version being offered here is the Essential version ($12.99 upgrade). There is a third version called the "Professional" version that is $25.99.

http://www.hardwipe.com/upgrade.html

Reply   |   Comment by Jason  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#4

Amazing program. Been using it for almost 2 years with no problem. This one is the paid Essential edition, not Free, guys. The Essential gives you a couple of benefits (pagefile deletion on request, 2-pass verification). The Free Edition does not do it.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Paul
One of the best benefits of this program for me is that it integrates with the recycle bin's "right-click" context menu.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

$12.99 or free?
See here - http://www.techspot.com/downloads/6213-hardwipe.html

Hardwipe 5.1.3

Hardwipe is a slick on-demand data sanitizer for Windows with a user interface that is both beautiful and a dream to use.
Developer: Big Angry Dog
Last updated: February 17, 2016
License: Freeware
OS support: Windows
File size: 8.8 MB
Downloads: 2,724
User rating: [5 out of 5] 7 votes
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Freeware on majorgeeks.com too
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- - and here http://www.downloadcrew.co.uk/article/32203-hardwipe
16 February 2016
License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit)
Requirements:
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
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Answers?

Reply   |   Comment by David Bee  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

David Bee The freeware edition comes with an in-built (and incessant) promotional platform to get you to buy a paid-for version. Today's GOTD, once registered, removes the ads. The up-sell nag is far more assiduous here than with Ascomp, whose yesterday giveaway of its own eraser is similarly available free to home users, but with only an occasional nag screen. As such, and in view of Ascomp's much superior GUI (and long track record) today's developer really does need to re-think its strategy: an occasional nag is one thing, a permanently running irritant in the software GUI itself, quite another. But it's that you'll be faced with if you don't DL and install GOTD's offer today.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#2

What type of disks does this cover? - I though Flash-drives and SSDs could not wipe data except by 'resetting' the whole disk

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

"Hardwipe is the data sanitization toolset used by activists, journalists, IT technicians and anyone to ensure that discarded, but sensitive, information can never be recovered by someone else."

Really? That is news to me. I am two out of three of those types of people and I used to be in the third group.... never heard of this? Can the authors back this claim up with hard evidence or is it just a throwaway claim?

Reply   |   Comment by Kiwi1960  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Kiwi1960 Might be worth re-reading the developer's blurb: the "and anyone" says it all though sadly signals a premature exhaustion of imagination, hence there's no mention of camel herders in Kazakhstan or window cleaners in Dubai. A good thing, then, that GOTD users are on hand to assist with the identification of other 'sanitizers' (did I mention, tuna canners in Pago Pago?)

As a full-time cat butler domiciled in the UK, I myself am very much a user of this kind of software, especially after the cat has bid on eBay without my knowledge and I need to erase any evidence that might suggest it was actually my fault. I've therefore DL'd and run today's giveaway but as it doesn't do anything that a host of freeware already accomplishes, it's not a keeper.

Kudos, though, to the felicitously named Big Angry Dog for brightening the tediously prosaic world of software publishing, and for re-habilitating a word that has for too long languished in the daft scripts of unwatchable spy movies: 'sanitizing'my computer sounds so-oo much better than permanently wiping stuff off it; I'm even persuaded, now, of just how alike Matt Damon and I truly are.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

MikeR KUDOS; Good Stuff MikeR.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

MikeR
Mike,
You sure write good!!! I caint undersand much of it, but it was fun reading.

Reply   |   Comment by catmagic  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

MikeR
Excellent, nice review with humor. Great Job.

Reply   |   Comment by Aloke K.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

MikeR This is the funniest mock review I've read in a very long time. Thanks for brightening up my prosaic Sunday morning. Are you sure you're not an ex-writer for Jon Stewart on the Daily Show? Absolutely brilliant parody, my friend! Keep up the great prose!

Reply   |   Comment by TomS  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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