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Data Sanitization and Disposal Tools 

The following table provides a list of data sanitization tools that are acceptable for Clearing or Purging of data as defined by the ISO Guidelines for Data Sanitization and Disposal.  If there are other tools you'd like ISO to review and include in this, please send your request to iso@andrew.cmu.edu.

File and Folder Sanitization

Tool  MAC

UNIX/
Linux

Windows  Description
Link
BCWipe
 
X
X
Fee based utility for securely deleting files and sanitizing hard drives.  More...
Eraser     
X
Free GUI based utility for securely deleting files and sanitizing hard drives.  More...
Identity Finder
X
Identify Finder is a commerical application licensed by the University to scan for sensitive data that is stored electronically. This application has the ability to securely delete files.  More...
Microsoft SDelete
   
X
Free command line utility for securely deleting files.  This tool was previously part of the SysInternals suite of tools.  More...
Secure Empty Trash 
X
    Built-in functionality for securely deleting files (OSX 10.4 or later).
N/A
SRM   
X

  Free command line utility for securely deleting files.  Acts as a replacement for the rm command.  More...
Permanent Eraser 
X
    Free add-on utility for enhanced secure file deletion (OSX 10.4 or later).  More...

Disk Sanitization

Tool  MAC
UNIX/
Linux 
Windows  Description
Link
Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN")
 
X

X

Free open source utility for sanitizing hard drives.  A commerical version of this software is also available.  More...
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Parted Magic
 
X
X
A complete hard disk management olution. More... Download