Erasing an External Hard Drive


New Member
I am new to this software and my tech IQ is modest. I want to wipe a WD 160 GB external hard drive completely clean, but from reading some posts, I am worried about the side effects (i.e. I don't want to erase anything on the local C drive on the machine that I'm using to run the application). I haven't downloaded the software yet - just a little leery that it's gonna wipe my actual computer. Are there any precautions I should take when I run it? I am running Windows XP Professional SP3 on this machine.



Active Member
Using the link in my signature, go to the FAQ, and read the topic 'Getting to know Eraser 6', which has a section on this issue. Erasing free space does not affect non erased files and targets only one file at a time.

The only precaution you need to take when using Eraser is stated in the FAQ topic: think twice (or three times) before erasing once. You need to be sure that you are erasing the right thing, as you cannot undo any damage (except from a backup). But Eraser only erases what you tell it to erase; it does not go off and do hidden things on its own.