» 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Secure high-speed deletion||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Highly secure deletion||no||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|International deletion standards||no||no||yes||yes||yes|
|User defined deletion methods||no||no||no||yes||yes|
|IDE/ATA/SATA hard disks||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|SATA / SATA II / eSATA (AHCI)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|USB 1.1 (UHCI, OHCI)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|USB 2.0 (EHCI)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|new: USB 3.0 (XHCI)||no||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|SCSI hard disks||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Firewire / IEEE1394 (OHCI)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|new: UEFI-BIOS & GPT partitions||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Entire drive deletion||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Single partition deletion||no||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Media > 2 Terabytes||no||no||no||yes||yes|
|new: Command line interface (CLI)||nein||nein||nein||ja||ja|
|Performance (GB/min, hardware-specific)||up to 6 and more||60+|
|Iterative deletion patterns||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Random deletion patterns||no||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Sector area deletion||no||no||no||yes||yes|
|Command line version (CLI)||no||no||no||yes||yes|
|MultiDelete (4x, 8x, 16x)||no||no||no||no||yes|
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.
Automated deletion and toolchain integration
You can launch pre-defined and automatized actions with HDShredder from scripts, shortcuts or the task engine.
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.
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 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.
See the hardware requirements of your Windows version.
|Controller type||self-booting||on Windows|
|PCI-IDE/ATA hard disk controller||yes||yes|
|Busmaster IDE controller||yes||yes|
|USB 1.1 (UHCI, OHCI)||yes||yes|
|USB 2.0 (EHCI)||yes||yes|
|USB 3.0 (XHCI)||yes||yes|
|Adaptec SCSI host adapter*||yes||yes|
|Other SCSI host adapter (LSI, …)||no||yes|
|SAS host adapter||no||yes|
|AHCI (SATA II) controller||yes||yes|
|Media type||self-booting||on Windows|
|USB key drives||yes||yes|
|IDE, ATA, SATA, eSATA||yes||yes|
|USB, Firewire, SCSI||yes||yes|
|Flash storage (with card reader)|
|xD and others||yes||yes|
|VSITR||Germany, Department of the Interior|
|BSI-GSB||Germany, National Agency for Information Security (BSI)|
|ACSI 33||Australia, Australian Communications Security Instructions (ACSI)|
|AFSSI 5020||USA, Air Force|
|DoD 5200.28M||USA, Department of Defense|
|DoD 5220.22M||USA, Department of Defense|
|NCSC-TG-025||USA, National Computer Security Center (NCSC)|
|HMG IS5 Baseline||Great Britain, British Government|
|HMG IS5 Enhanced||Great Britain, British Government|
|GOST P50739-95||Russia, Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology|
|RCMP TSSIT OPS-II||Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police|
|Bruce Schneier's Method||USA, security expert|
|Roy Pfitzner's Method||Germany, Conference of Data Security Officials|
|Peter Gutmann's Method||New Zealand, University of Auckland|