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BCWipe attempts to cleanse 'free' space

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Fri June 5, 2009

BCWipe deletion app ships

Jetico has released BCWipe, a program designed to delete files missed by Mac OS X. When deleting files from a hard disk, items are not always completely erased, and as a result can be restored through any recovery utility. BCWipe attempts permanent, unrecoverable deletions; users can choose between Department of Defense or Peter Gutmann wiping scheme. As needed, the software also lets users create customized wiping plans.

In order to launch the program, users must go through a command line. The software can be run free for 30 days, but afterward costs $50 at the Jetico website. Mac OS X 10.5 or later is required.




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  1. Tulse

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Um...Disk Utility?

    Disk Utility, which comes free with 10.5, can erase free space, including 7-pass and 35-pass deletion. What does BCWipe offer that Disk Utility doesn't, except a lack of GUI?

  1. monkeymilk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Snake oil anyone?

    This functionality is free in MacOS at least since Tiger; just use the Erase tab in Disk Utility and select "Erase Free Space...".

    If you want a "customized wiping plan" then use Automator or write an AppleScript to use the diskutil command line version eg:
    diskutil secureErase freespace 2 /

    $50? You must be joking!

  1. chris2519

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    chris2519

    I know... I don't understand this either. Can someone please explain what the advantage would be to using (and paying for) this versus the free Disk Utility "Erase Free Space" function???

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