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HDShredder 4

» New: Deleting USB 3 drives and key drives
» New: Works with Windows 8 and Server 2012
» New: Automation via command line interface (CLI)
» New: Supports UEFI-BIOS and GPT
» New: Store deletion report to network drive
» Runs even without a working operating system
» Reliable deletion of hard disks and other media
» Protects business and personal data
» Erases mass storage media > 2,000 GB (2 TB)

HDShredder deletes the contents of hard disks and other mass storage media reliably at the physical level. HDShredder can also be applied to individual partitions and the user can select to perform the deletion according to international security standards. HDShredder works independent of partition layout, file system and operating system. It also works with proprietary formats which otherwise would be inaccessible.

General information

HDShredder is the universal tool for high security drive deletion of hard disks and other mass storage media. Drives deleted with HDShredder are exhausted completely and ultimately. HDShredder deleted data cannot be restored, even not by using data rescuing software.
HDShredder's editions are based on each other. A higher edition will include the features of every precedent edition.

Free Edition Download
securely erasing media, up to 6 GB/min more
Basic Edition €16.72
partitions, random patterns, SmartDefectSkip more
Standard Edition €33.53
18 security levels, 15 international security standards more
Professional Edition €83.19
deletion protocol, user defined deletion, area deletion more
Enterprise Edition Options
parallel mass-deletion with up to 60 GB/min more
Note: Please use the Free Edition to find out if a certain PC system and its mass storage media are supported. The Free Edition shows all supported and recognized drives, but some of them may only be usable with one of the more advanced Edition levels.

Free Edition

Securely erasing hard disks and other media, up to 6 GB/min

The Free Edition of HDShredder deletes hard disks and other storage media effectively and reliably. HDShredder ensures your previous data is unrecoverable and you can safely sell or dispose of the media without any risk of data safety. The former data cannot be restored, not even with recovery software programs. The Free Edition is real freeware without obligation to buy and is intended for infrequent use at no cost. If more frequent usage is required, we have several advanced edition levels that offer additional options which are optimized for regular, business, or professional use.

Basic Edition

partitions, random patterns, SmartDefectSkip, high security

The Basic Edition of HDShredder was developed for regular utilization, especially for drive deletions with increased security requirements regarding a potential recovery in specialized data laboratories. It offers additional security levels for drive deletion and the highest level implements a recommendation of the British government.


Standard Edition

18 security levels, 15 international security standards

The Standard Edition of HDShredder was developed for frequent and semi-professional use. In particular it offers 15 international security standards of data deletion.


Professional Edition

deletion protocol, user defined deletion, sector area deletion

The Professional Edition of HDShredder was developed for daily and professional use. It creates detailed deletion protocols, provides international security standards, and lets you freely define your own deletion procedures. These features give technicians and professionals maximum flexibility.


Enterprise Edition

parallel mass-deletion with up to 60 GB/min

The Enterprise Edition of HDShredder is designed for mass deletion. It allows for mass deletion of all supported drive types. Drive types can be mixed arbitrarily within one deletion run. The Enterprise Edition also offers all features of the Professional Edition.

Deletion speed: According to the variant used (4x, 8x, 16x), Enterprise Edition deletes to up to 4, 8 or 16 drives at a time. Thereby it achieves up to 60 GB/min and more.

Enterprise Edition 4x  €251.26
Enterprise Edition 8x  €419.33
Enterprise Edition 16x  €671.43


Deletion methods
Secure high-speed deletionyesyesyesyesyes
Highly secure deletionnoyesyesyesyes
International deletion standardsnonoyesyesyes
User defined deletion methodsnononoyesyes
IDE/ATA/SATA hard disksyesyesyesyesyes
SATA / SATA II / eSATA (AHCI)yesyesyesyesyes
USB 1.1 (UHCI, OHCI)yesyesyesyesyes
USB 2.0 (EHCI)yesyesyesyesyes
new: USB 3.0 (XHCI)noyesyesyesyes
SCSI hard disksyesyesyesyesyes
Firewire / IEEE1394 (OHCI)yesyesyesyesyes
new: UEFI-BIOS & GPT partitionsyesyesyesyesyes
Entire drive deletionyesyesyesyesyes
Single partition deletionnoyesyesyesyes
Media > 2 Terabytesnononoyesyes
new: Command line interface (CLI)neinneinneinjaja
Security levels1318217217
Performance (GB/min, hardware-specific)up to 6 and more60+
Iterative deletion patternsyesyesyesyesyes
Random deletion patternsnoyesyesyesyes
Deletion reportnononoyesyes
Sector area deletionnononoyesyes
Command line version (CLI)nononoyesyes
MultiDelete (4x, 8x, 16x)nonononoyes
Private useyesyesyesyesyes
Technician licensenononoyesyes


Self-booting and under Windows (New: 8/Server 2012)

Use SCSI, SAS, RAID and dynamic volumes as you always do

Each HDShredder software package now contains a Windows program (HDShredder/W) in addition to the self-booting program (HDShredder/S). With identical interfaces on both programs there is complete ease in switching between HDShredder/S and HDShredder/W.

New: Command line interface (CLI)

Automated deletion and toolchain integration

You can launch pre-defined and automatized actions with HDShredder from scripts, shortcuts or the task engine.

New: Store report on USB and network drives

Deletion logs for analysis and as verification

HDShredder creates a detailed deletion report with any deletion from the Professional Edition on. This report can now be stored to USB keys and other USB media. In Windows the deletion report can also be stored on network drives.

Freely selectable deletion patterns

Choose out of 300 quintillion ways to erase your hard disk

HDShredder offers an editor for deletion patterns. It lets users freely define their own specific deletion patterns as well as entire deletion procedures with up to 398 runs.

Firewire and SATA-II device support

Firewire and SATA-II media under the self-booting version

Deleting fast SATA-II media (internal and external via eSATA) as well as Firewire hard disks and memory cards using a Firewire card reader.

Hardware Requirements

Self-booting (HDShredder/S)

  • 586 processor or higher
  • 64 MB RAM
  • VGA graphics
  • bootable floppy or CD/DVD drive

Windows program (HDShredder/W)

See the hardware requirements of your Windows version.

Supported Controllers

Controller typeself-bootingon Windows
PCI-IDE/ATA hard disk controlleryesyes
Busmaster IDE controlleryesyes
USB 1.1 (UHCI, OHCI)yesyes
USB 2.0 (EHCI)yesyes
USB 3.0 (XHCI)yesyes
Adaptec SCSI host adapter*yesyes
Other SCSI host adapter (LSI, …)noyes
SAS host adapternoyes
RAID controllernoyes
AHCI (SATA II) controlleryesyes
Firewire/IEEE1394 (OHCI)yesyes
A complete list of Adaptec SCSI host adapters supported by HDShredder/S is to be found here.

Supported Media

Media typeself-bootingon Windows
USB key drivesyesyes
Dynamic volumesnoyes
Hard disks
USB, Firewire, SCSIyesyes
Flash storage (with card reader)
SD, MMCyesyes
xD and othersyesyes

Supported Deletion Standards

VSITRGermany, Department of the Interior
BSI-GSBGermany, National Agency for Information Security (BSI)
ACSI 33Australia, Australian Communications Security Instructions (ACSI)
AFSSI 5020USA, Air Force
AR380-19USA, Army
DoD 5200.28MUSA, Department of Defense
DoD 5220.22MUSA, Department of Defense
NCSC-TG-025USA, National Computer Security Center (NCSC)
HMG IS5 BaselineGreat Britain, British Government
HMG IS5 EnhancedGreat Britain, British Government
GOST P50739-95Russia, Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology
RCMP TSSIT OPS-IICanada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Bruce Schneier's MethodUSA, security expert
Roy Pfitzner's MethodGermany, Conference of Data Security Officials
Peter Gutmann's MethodNew Zealand, University of Auckland

Data sheet

You can download the data sheet for HDShredder 4 as PDF file and print it.


You can download the manual for HDShredder 4 as PDF file and print it.

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