Eraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It completely removes sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
- Erases residue from deleted files
- Erases MFT and MFT-resident files (for NTFS volumes) and Directory Indices (for FAT)
- Powerful and flexible scheduler
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It takes many, many hours to delete the unused space on a 500GB drive. If your drive is 1TB or larger and your time is worth anything, it will be faster and cheaper to copy the files to be kept to a new drive and destroy the old drive. Contrary to the information given here, the forum is useless for support. You will be forced to create a 10-character password for the forum account -- does the admin think we only have one forum account or that we should be forced to store and retrieve thousands of passwords for sites that don't have any sensitive information? -- only to find that "you have insufficient privileges to post" a question, so there is no support there. And all of the links in the FAQ topics I was interested in (erasing free space) are broken.
Very robust software, quick and easy setup and professional feel at runtime. A bit tricky to configure, consider adding a quick start Add Task at first startup (at least) so users don't have to hunt for the Add Task option (not hard to find, just counter-intuitive)
The "Eraser188.8.131.5271-NoRuntimes.exe" doesn't work, luckily the "Eraser184.108.40.20670.exe" works just fine in Win10