The permanent removal of data from media is a major area of concern mainly because of the misconception that once a file is deleted or storage media is formatted, it cannot be recovered. There has been the development of both commercial and freeware data erasing tools, which all claim complete file or disk erasure. This report analyzes the efficiency of a number of these tools in performing erasures on an electromechanical drive. It focuses on a selection of popular and modern erasing tools; taking into consideration their usability, claimed erasing standards and whether they perform complete data erasure with the use of the Write Zero method.


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