[enhancement] Better text for "British HMG IS5 (Baseline)...

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[enhancement] Better text for "British HMG IS5 (Baseline)...

Postby maddes » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:33 pm

Enhance text for "British HMG IS5 (Baseline) (1 pass)" to "... (1 pass w/ zeros)"

This erasure method is highly important for Virtual Machines, which normally optimze their virtual disks if data/sectors are all zero.
Although it is listed in the documentation most people will test out Eraser without reading all the docs, and may reject Eraser due to a false "missing feature".
Also it is hard to remember what the correct erasure method was, when you use it only once in a while.

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Re: [enhancement] Better text for "British HMG IS5 (Baseline

Postby DavidHB » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:06 am

This is a good point. Perhaps what would be really nice would be a tooltip for each method, with a summary description, as that could be a bit longer than the entry in the list.

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Re: [enhancement] Better text for "British HMG IS5 (Baseline

Postby Joel » Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:02 am

I think Overwriter raised a similar point a few years ago, but concluded that it would not make sense as not all passes are so clear-cut (such as the first/last 16KB erasure).
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Re: [enhancement] Better text for "British HMG IS5 (Baseline

Postby maddes » Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:56 pm

My suggestion was to enhance the description for this method only.

About David's idea:
Tooltips for methods could be supported generally, but only used where it makes sense.
Maybe multi-line tooltips would help to explain the methods much better.
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Re: [enhancement] Better text for "British HMG IS5 (Baseline

Postby Joel » Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:47 pm

I prefer a more general approach and not just for this case. Perhaps David can suggest the longer descriptions for each of the erasure methods?
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Re: [enhancement] Better text for "British HMG IS5 (Baseline

Postby DavidHB » Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:18 pm

Joel wrote:Perhaps David can suggest the longer descriptions for each of the erasure methods?

I'll have a go.

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