Did you select the 7 passes for files or for free space? The settings are separate for the free space and file erasures.
Joel, here are the steps I've been following. I'm using the Windows Explorer interface.
1. Select one (or sometimes several) folders that I want to erase.
2. Right click the selected folders and click Erase
. A Confirm Erasing
dialog box appears.
3. Click the Options...
button in the dialog box. The first option (Gutmann with 35 passes) is selected. Click the second option (US DoD with 7 passes) and then click OK
4. Click Yes
to the question, "Are you sure you want to erase these nnn files and n folders?"
At this point erasing begins immediately with 35 passes per file.
When I realized that my selection was not being used, I clicked the Options...
button in step 3 a second time before starting the erase, and the method had been set back to the first option (Gutmann with 35 passes).
I uninstalled Eraser and reinstalled it, this time being sure that I selected the "for all users" option and not the "just current user" option.
One additional comment in case it's relevant. I started the Eraser program while an erase session was running, and an Eraser dialog box popped up that said, "Failed to restore preferences." I'm running version 5.86.1.
Any idea why my selection isn't accepted?