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Eraser is an enormous all-in-one toolbox devoted to secure file deletion. This free utility can securely delete files on your command, or according to a schedule.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Comprehensive secure deletion utility
  • Open-source
  • Free

Cons

  • A do-it-all tool, not for minimalists
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If you've the need to wipe lots of drives with the latest algorithms, this utility will do the job, and quickly.

Price when rated: $49; free demo

Pros

  • Great interface
  • Advanced algorithms
  • Wipes multiple drives

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Multi-wipe isn't available from the main interface

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Though geeky, and only for Windows 32-bit or DOS, hdderase.exe allows you to invoke your hard drive or SSD's secure erase function for super-secure wipes that don't tie up your system.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Invokes the secure erase function
  • Comes on a DOS boot disc

Cons

  • Won't work on drives with frozen security status
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Edit and create partitions, copy files off, test your memory and more with this free Linux-based partitioning utility/boot disc.

Price when rated: $5.00

Pros

  • Graphic partition editor
  • Great memory tester
  • Free

Cons

  • None to speak of

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