Hard Disk Wipe Tool
HDD Wipe Tool is a freeware Windows tool designed to help you erase the hard disk and block recovery software solutions from getting back the data.
Providing an user friendly environment and effective low-level hard disk erasing, HDD Wipe Tool can work with the most popular HDD interfaces, including S-ATA (SATA), IDE (E-IDE), SCSI, USB and Firewire.
In addition, it supports a long list of manufacturers, such as Maxtor, Hitachi, Seagate, Samsung, Toshiba, Fujitsu, IBM, Quantum and Western Digital.
Clearly not addressed to beginners, the application boasts a rather intuitive interface that perfectly helps it serve its purpose with minimum effort. The user is asked to choose the drive he wishes to wipe, while then he/she is redirected to a window with device details, SMART attributes and the main wiping tool.
As their names suggest, the device details and SMART tabs are there for the sake of information, so you could check both of them to get some information on the hard-disk you're about to wipe.
The “Wipe” tab on the other hand is the one that starts the actual process, so make sure you check all settings twice before proceeding. You can't recover the removed data, regardless of the software solution you're using.
The actual task takes a while, but this also depends on the overall size of the disk, and it's very important to avoid working on the system in the meantime. Plus, do not interrupt the process and let the app do its job!
All in all, HDD Wipe Tool is an effective piece of software that needs just a simple thing: a detailed help manual to explain all features and all risks to those who are willing to give it a try.