ErAce v1.0 Review

A Full Review of ErAce, a Free Data Destruction Software Tool

Screenshot of ErAce v1.0
ErAce v1.0.

Update: ErAce is no longer free. It can be purchased from ErAce.it. I'll update this review if it ever becomes free again.

ErAce is a bootable data destruction program that can can securely erase all the data on a hard drive to leave absolutely nothing behind for file recovery software to find.

ErAce is extremely easy to use but can also be dangerous if you don't use it carefully. More on that below...

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Note: This review is of ErAce version 1.0, released on March 31, 2014. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About ErAce

ErAce erases everything on a hard drive. It works from a bootable disc, meaning it runs before the operating system starts, letting you erase not only internal and USB drives, but even the one that the OS (like Windows or Linux) is installed on.

The only data sanitization method supported by ErAce is DoD 5220.22-M.

To use ErAce, first download the ISO image and then burn it to a disc. See How to Burn an ISO Image File if you need help doing that.

After booting from the disc, and once the interface appears, simply click any of the disk drives and the wipe will begin immediately.

Important: ErAce does not prompt you to confirm deleting a hard drive. Once you've chosen one of the drives, the process will begin without warning.

Pros & Cons

Although ErAce is a very useful data destruction program, especially considering that it can be used to wipe the C drive, it does has some major flaws:

Pros:

  • Simple buttons and interface
  • Can erase more than one drive at once
  • Works with any operating system

Cons:

  • Large download size (400 MB)
  • Can't tell hard drives apart (easy to erase the wrong one)
  • Doesn't make you confirm before wiping a drive

My Thoughts on ErAce

I think ErAce is a great solution to erase all the data on a hard drive if you know what you're doing. It's far too easy to make a mistake and remove the wrong files if you go in to it unprepared.

ErAce shows buttons for the various hard drives it detects, but the buttons are all that's shown. What I mean by this is that you'll see Disk 1, Disk 2, and Disk 3, etc. but there's no way to tell how the drives differ, which basically creates a guessing game as to which drive is the one you want to wipe.

Tip: If you're working with Windows, and it's operational at the time, you can check the volume label from within Disk Management. If the drive you want to wipe is named Disk 1 in Disk Management, then that's the drive you'll want to choose in ErAce. Other operating systems show the volume label too.

Once one of the drives have been chosen, the wipe begins immediately without any warnings or confirmations, which is another major pitfall of using ErAce.

Overall, if you know which drive you need to erase and you're certain you're doing it correctly, ErAce is a great option because the data sanitization method is secure and the program itself is super simple to use.

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