Summary: Today, voluminous data is stored on your PC, laptop, and desktop. Whether you are disposing of your old IT Assets, returning leased IT hardware, or upgrading them; knowing how to wipe these devices is essential for data security, privacy, and regulatory compliance. Read this blog to learn how to permanently erase data from a PC, laptop, and desktop.
Protecting your confidential and sensitive information is critical in today’s data-driven world. Organizations must ensure that their PCs, laptops, and desktops, do not contain any confidential or sensitive information when they are disposed of, returned, or upgraded and should know how to erase a PC, Laptop, or Desktop. Sensitive information like PII (Personally Identifiable Information), PHI (Protected Health Information), ePHI, CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information), NPI (Non-Public Personal Information), IP (Intellectual Property), Taxpayer information, etc. are protected under various data protection regulations and safeguarding them is the organization’s responsibility.
As an ITAM (IT Asset Manager), CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), DPO (Data Protection Officer), ISSM (Information Systems Security Manager), Compliance Officer, SAISO (Senior Agency Information Security Officer), or Risk Manager you must know the usage of a professional data erasure software like BitRaser Drive Eraser to erase PC, Laptop, or Desktop, its advantages and the process to maintain a verifiable audit trail using a Certificate of Destruction (CoD).
Erase Data Securely from PCs, Laptops, and Desktops Using BitRaser:
BitRaser Drive Eraser software can erase all devices including PC, Laptops, and desktops. Our software erases almost any device irrespective of the brand or model. Popular brands and models that you might have to wipe or erase can include the HP EliteBook and ProBook series, Dell Latitude, and XPS series, Lenovo ThinkPad and IdeaPads, Microsoft Surface series, and other brands like Acer, Asus, Toshiba, LG, and Fujitsu’s LifeBook series all of which are widely used in businesses worldwide.
BitRaser Drive Eraser software is an innovation from Stellar that supports 24 internationally recognized erasure standards like NIST 800-88 Clear, NIST 800-88 Purge, US – DoD 5220.22-M, US – DoD 5220.22-M (ECE), US – DoD 5200.28-STD, German Standard VSITR, and many more. It is important to choose the right standard that aligns with your industry-relevant regulations and organizational data disposal policy. Commonly trusted data-wiping standards are NIST 800-88, DoD 5220.22-M (3 Pass) & newly launched IEEE 2883-2022.
BitRaser software also generates a data erasure certificate along with detailed reports that come in handy to meet compliance with stringent laws and regulations like CCPA, GLBA, SOX, HIPAA, etc. The software comes in four variants viz. Cloud, Offline, Network Cloud, and Admin Console with each catering to specific requirements of customers. You can read our blog on BitRaser Drive Eraser Variant to learn more about each of them. Using the cloud variant you can choose to save the reports on the secure BitRaser Cloud server and have anytime anywhere access.
How Does BitRaser Drive Eraser Software Work?
BitRaser Drive Eraser is a multi-faceted tool that can be easily deployed according to your requirements. The drive eraser variant should be chosen basis how you would like to deploy the solution; i.e. via USB or PXE (Over Network) or whether at an internet-enabled location or non-internet facility.
Once you have chosen the suitable variant, you can begin the process of erasing your devices. The deployment of the software to erase PCs, laptops, and desktops is quick and simple. You can choose either of the methods listed below.
- Using the USB Deployment method:
- Download BitRaser Drive Eraser ISO File.
- Burn ISO File on a Bootable USB.
- For Windows-based & other devices – Use the freely available ‘Rufus’ USB Creator App to burn ISO file on a USB drive.
- Boot the PC, Laptop, or desktop with BitRaser bootable USB.
- Select Devices to Erase.
- Save Erasure Reports in PDF, CSV, or XML format.
- Using the PXE Deployment Method:
- Boot PC, Laptop, and Desktop using Network Boot.
- Select Devices or Drives to Wipe.
- Save Erasure Reports in PDF, CSV, and XML.
The above information is an easy reckoner of deploying BitRaser Drive Eraser software. To know detailed steps for erasing your laptop, PC, and desktop you may refer to our detailed step-by-step guide mentioned below or refer to the help manual in the support section of the Cloud console.