Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Pro Review
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Confidential and sensitive information should not be accessible to all; only the owner can access and view it. But, unfortunately, it is very often we forget to protect our documents, files, etc. from prying eyes and they become get0at-able for everybody. Fortunately, there are a lot of great programs which are specially created for reliable wiping and destroying this confidential data. Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Pro is rightly considered as one of the best programs of this class.
Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Pro is a high quality and reliable program which helps you to steer clear of losing valuable information and keep it inaccessible to others. Thanks to advanced wiping methods (there are ten different wiping methods in your disposal), the program is able completely clear the entire disk, separate partitions or just free up some valuable space on your disk; it will securely and permanently delete all data without any possibility of its restoring even with the most leading and advanced programs.
Download and Installation
Demo version of the program can be downloaded from the official Paragon site. It is available for both 32 and bit-bit versions. The trial version of Paragon Disk Wiper has got some limitations, i.e. all operations will be performed in virtual mode only. The price of the program is reasonable, just $ 39.95.
The process of installing and configuring Paragon Disk wiper 15 Pro is quite simple; it does not differ from installation of most other programs. Simply follow instructions, i.e. accept the license agreement if it meets your requirements, fill out some personal information (the name and organization), select the destination folder where the program will be installed and click Install. That is all. The installation process takes only two minutes to complete.
The Interface of the Program
The interface of the program is available in two modes- Express Launcher Mode and Full Scale Mode and practically identical with the interface of Paragon Disk Manager 15.
Express Launcher Mode is designed in Windows Metro style and contains five tiles which provide quick and easy access to the main tools of the program.
Full Scale launcher mode opens a standard user graphical interface. The program has got a so-called Ribbon interface and consists of two tabs only- Partitioning and schedule. Below the ribbon is an Operation Bar which contains the most necessary and frequent commands, for example, Apply, Discard, Undo, Redo buttons, and so on.
The main window of the program is divided into three panes- Disk Map (it contains a full list of all disks and partitions which are available on the system); Control Menu (in this menu are collected tools for performing various operations with partitions, i.e. wiping, formatting, deleting partitions, etc.) and Properties Pane (it displays basic information about selected disks, i.e. volume letter, type, size, used and free space, and so on).
The Main Features of the Program
For permanent data destruction Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Pro uses several widely known wiping algorithms which are standards in many countries such as the USA, Germany, Australia, Russia, etc. Also you have the possibility to use a special algorithm developed by Paragon Software Group or even create your own data sanitization method manually customizing the desired wipe parameters, for example, the number of passes, etc. Performing any operation is very easy because it is performed with the help of step by step Wizard which will help to configure every parameter needed for secure and reliable deletion of confidential data. All what is required from you to follow instructions of this Wizard; in the first step the program will offer to select the disk for wiping; in the second step to choose wipe mode- Wipe out all the data or Clear free space; and in the third an algorithm for wiping data.
Paragon disk Wiper 15 Pro offers ten different methods of wiping disks and partitions; they are as follows:
US DoD 5220.22-M method- it is one of the best and widely known methods of data sanitization which was originally created for US Department of Defense. Erasing data on the disk is carried out in three passes; the first- with zeroes, the second-with ones and the third-with random data. The duration of data destruction on the disk is relatively quick, but, of course, it depends on the size of selected disks or partitions. The method is considered as one of the most reliable; it is practically impossible to restore anything after using it.
US Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 for RLL– this method was originally created for the USA Navy and now it is intended for erasing RLL (short for Run-length limited) disks. Overwriting operation is performed in three passes and each pass can be verified; the first and second pass-with specified characters and third- with random data. It is much lengthier than above mentioned method.
US Navy NAVSO P- 5239-26 for MFM– it uses the same technique for erasing data but is intended for MFM disks. The number of passes is three and duration is a bit lengthier.
British HMG Infosec Standard No.5 (Enhanced)-it is the British standard for wiping data and consists of three passes; the first- with zeroes, the second- with ones and the third- with random data. The overwriting process is not long.
German VSItr Standard– German standard; all data is overwritten seven times. In the first, third and fifth pass- with zeroes; in the second, fourth and sixth pass- with ones and in the last seventh pass- with random data. It is one of the most secure method but very lengthy.
Australian ASCI 33– data overwriting is performed in five passes with random characters. The duration process is not very long.
Russian GOST R 50739-95– all data is overwritten with zeroes in one pass.
Peter Gutmann’s algorithm– this method of wiping data from the hard disk is absolutely reliable; it is practically impossible to restore information after using it. The main drawback of Gutmann method is its long duration. The method is considered as the most reliable and secure. It was developed by Peter Gutmann in 1996. The data on the disk is overwritten 35 times with random and certain sequence of symbols.
Bruce Schneier’s algorithm– all data is overwritten in seven passes; the first- with ones, the second-with zeroes and then five times with random data. This method is rather lengthy but very reliable and secure.
Paragon’s algorithm– algorithm developed by Paragon Software group; it overwrites data in four passes. You can see the description of this method below on the screenshot.
Additionally, the program allows you to create your own wipe method and manually specify the number of masks and passes.
In the Settings menu you can select the default wipe method and use it afterwards for erasing data on the disk and configure some additional options.
SSD Wiping– the program allows you to wipe data permanently and safely on SSD disks, as well, using a special algorithm called SSD Trim. Thanks to improved technique, now this operation is very safe and does not shorten its service life.
Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Pro also includes some tools for performing basic operations with disk partitions. The program allows you to format, edit, delete or create partitions, remove drive letter, and some others. Additionally, you have the possibility to test the surface of the disk and find bad blocks or check file system integrity.
Recovery Media Builder
The program includes a very useful feature which helps you to create Linux-based bootable environment on a USB drive or in an ISO file and recover the operating system if it is corrupted.
Now it is high time to sum up what has been said above. Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Pro is, without any exaggeration, one of the best programs which allows you to erase any sensitive and confidential data on the HDD and SSD disks. Thanks to a very intuitive and easy to use interface and the huge number of different wiping modes, you can achieve the best results and permanently destroy any secret information and make it inaccessible to others.
If you care about your confidential information and you do not want to make it accessible to all, Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Pro is just that program which will help you to close the doors to anyone who wishes to obtain it.
1. Very intuitive and easy to use interface
2. Ten different methods for permanent disk wiping
3. Inbuilt Recovery Media Builder
4. It supports SSD disks
Very inconvenient help file which is not inbuilt in the program but offered as a PDF document.