What files does Eraser leave? Is it just the pesky protected stuff like System Volume Information and maybe the Recycled folder? Eraser can't touch files that the running system is protecting (and that, these days, is quite a lot, some of it even on non-system drives). Assuming that you are trying to clear the drive, I suggest that you erase what files on the drive you can, then do a quick format, then use Eraser to wipe the free space. Eraser doesn't usually leave file names, so if you still have an issue when you've done as I suggested, please post the details on the Eraser Support forum.w4rp said:Eraser doesn't seem to do the job, it leaves filenames which can be recovered, which isn't good enough for me.
Given that the purpose of DBAN is to 'nuke' a whole system, I don't get to use it that often I therefore hesitate to advise somebody to try something which is so potentially destructive if it goes wrong, and which I haven't done myself ...w4rp said:What is so risky about booting up the CD? Surely no harm done in just taking a look at which drives it recognizes?
I'm afraid I do not remember the exact sequence (hence the caution; it's rather a difficult app to test if you don't have a machine you want to nuke!). But there is advice on this forum that you should physically disconnect any drive you don't want wiped before you run DBAN. Joel replied that this is not strictly necessary if you know what you are doing, but I don't find that much comfort ...w4rp said:I didn't realize DBAN was so ruthless, I thought it would've at least gave you a final yes/no choice
Which are actually information rather than a problem. But they do indicate that you are not deleting (or erasing) everything on the drive before wiping the free space.w4rp said:... in Eraser however I get a lot of error messages about it not being able to erase cluster tips.
Is your machine set up in the BIOS to boot from CD first?w4rp said:Also I tried booting up dban, but it just hangs at a black screen with a line of text at the top when booting up.
As it is in, I think, Linux format, that would not be surprising.w4rp said:When I put the CD in the drive and try to open it with explorer my OS stops responding until I eject it from the tray.
Yes, though life is always full of surprises . If in doubt, run Recuva on the drive to check.w4rp said:I'll format and erase free space with eraser, are you sure that it will have the same effect as DBANing internal hard drives?
This is good news. For the longer term, will there be a portable version of Eraser that will do this? Ideally, I suppose, we would have a version that ran in an environment such as Bart PE, and so could erase system drives.Joel said:I'll be coding a drive nuke-like erasure target to erase non-system drives in Windows for Eraser soon (I've just finished implementing secure move.) I don't have a time frame, but I think that would solve quite a few of such requests.