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FDRERASE/OPEN can quickly and securely erase data from disk before
disposal, relocation or following a disaster recovery test. It can
erase data from any SCSI, SATA, SAS, FIBRE, IDE, ATA or USB attached
disk (e.g. a physical hard drive or a disk in a subsystem or SAN) and
it can erase data created by a wide range of operating systems including
Windows, UNIX, Linux, Solaris and NetWare.
For information on erasing z/OS disks, see
FDRERASE/OPEN has earned international CCEVS EAL2+ validation.
See the certification page for more
The secure erasure of data is required by many government, industry
and corporate privacy and security laws and regulations worldwide.
Examples include the European Data Protection Directive, HIPAA,
Sarbanes-Oxley and DoD requirements.
Unfortunately, the standard data erasure utilities can be slow
and do not always fully erase the data.
FDRERASE/OPEN offers a significantly more secure option for the
erasure of your data.
There are many times when you may wish to insure that your data
has been securely erased, for example:
- At the end of a disaster test, or when leaving the DR
site after a real disaster.
- When you are disconnecting a disk subsystem.
- When reusing disks for new purposes
FDRERASE/OPEN offers several levels of data erasure:
- The ERASE function overwrites every track with a single
track-length record consisting of binary zeroes (or a user
The ERASE function meets the DoD/NCSC definition of
“clearing” or “erasing” a disk and
is usually adequate for erasing disks that will be sold,
scrapped, or returned to the manufacturer.
- The SECUREERASE function overwrites every track with
varying complementary patterns, from 3 to 32 passes per track.
The SECUREERASE function meets the DoD/NCSC definition of
“sanitizing” or “purging” a disk
and can be used on your most sensitive data to make it
very unlikely that the data could be recovered, even if
the hard drives were removed and accessed elsewhere as
See the GUI Interface page for examples
of running FDRERASE/OPEN.
The following table gives you an idea of the kind of performance
you can expect from FDRERASE/OPEN when using the ERASE option.
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- Securely overwrites all data on physical or logical drives.
- Erases any disk that can be attached to an Intel (x86)
or compatible platform, SCSI or FIBRE attached.
- Automatically detects all attached disks, but allows
you to easily select only the disks that you want to be erased.
- Operates from a bootable CD.
- All options and history are kept on a USB memory stick.
- The VERIFY option verifies that disks have been successfully
erased (i.e. they contain patterns written for auditing purposes
- The PRINT option prints data from selected sectors;
useful for doing before/after prints to verify that data
no longer exists on the erased disk.
- Permanent HISTORY RECORD of all action taken by
FDRERASE/OPEN to satisfy any audit requirements.
For more introductory information on FDRERASE/OPEN, see the
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