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Published on July 30th, 2012 | by Greg

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Erase Your Data Correctly With The CRU-DataPort Drive Erazer

One thing that many peo­ple don’t un­der­stand about com­put­ers- chances are, even if you’ve erased it, the da­ta is still there. Most of the time, this is ac­tu­al­ly a good thing- ex­perts can re­cov­er your im­por­tant pic­tures or the crit­i­cal the­sis that you’ve ac­ci­den­tal­ly delet­ed or trashed. Even when you for­mat a drive much or all of the da­ta is pret­ty triv­ial to get. The on­ly re­al way to tru­ly get rid of da­ta is to over­write the drive, which is time con­sum­ing, or to phys­i­cal­ly de­stroy it, which feels waste­ful and can be dif­fi­cult.

This is where the CRU-Dat­a­Port Drive Er­az­er comes in handy. Some of our staff deal with da­ta in bulk, some­times across dozens of disks, and we reg­u­lar­ly have some­what sen­si­tive doc­u­ments or work on hard drives of all sizes. This de­vice takes your IDE (old style) or SA­TA (new­er style) drive and man­han­dles it, uti­liz­ing new Se­cure Erase tech­nolo­gies that are built-in to many hard disks, or sim­ply man­u­al­ly over­writ­ing ev­ery sec­tor with ze­roes and en­sur­ing that no one can re­cov­er the in­for­ma­tion. Un­like, say, de­gauss­ing meth­ods, the Er­az­er doesn’t de­stroy the drive ei­ther, handy when you might want to re-use the drive in the fu­ture. And it’s a stand-alone de­vice, so you don’t have to set aside a work­sta­tion, and can erase drives in the field, no need to have a lap­top handy. If you deal with mul­ti­ple hard drives, in any line of work, then you should def­i­nite­ly con­sid­er putting in­to place a da­ta se­cu­ri­ty pol­i­cy.

The Er­az­er doesn’t care what op­er­at­ing sys­tem was on the disk, of course. The De­part­ment of De­fense and the Na­tion­al In­sti­tute of Stan­dards and Tech­nol­o­gy have is­sued guide­lines and pro­ce­dures that the US gov­ern­ment has deemed ac­cept­able for deal­ing with drives, and the Er­az­er meets or ex­ceeds them, so you can rest safe know­ing that you’re busi­ness or per­son­al in­for­ma­tion are safe­ly ex­cised. We wish that this one could do the same for USB drives, now a very com­mon way of han­dling files, or cam­era mem­o­ry cards (less im­por­tant, per­haps, but still eas­i­ly lost and not very se­cure). The Er­az­er was fast- faster than com­put­er op­er­a­tions, though still does take a few hours de­pend­ing on drive size- and easy-to-use, though some of the op­tions might con­fuse a novice. Solid­ly built and fair­ly rugged, we did drag it and found on­ly one down­side- it’d be nice to have a bat­tery pow­ered op­tion, since it re­quires ex­ter­nal pow­er. There’s a USB 2.0 port for con­nect­ing a drive to a com­put­er, as well as a print­er port for print­ing la­bels, though we didn’t re­al­ly try ei­ther.

If you’re not care­ful, it’s all too easy for your cred­it card in­for­ma­tion and fi­nan­cial da­ta, con­tact book, or valu­able files to get re­cov­ered from your sup­pos­ed­ly-erased in­for­ma­tion. Don’t risk it- erase it. Avail­able now, on­line pri­mar­i­ly, for around $200.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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