Published on July 30th, 2012 | by Greg0
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.