BitRaser® Drive Eraser

How to Wipe a PC, Laptop, or Server

This guide walks you through simple instructions for how to completely wipe a PC and connected drives using BitRaser Drive Eraser software in Standalone deployment mode. Instructions in this guide are broken down into three stages to offer you an easy and practical method on how to wipe a PC clean with minimal effort. The instructions also help you to completely wipe a laptop, external hard drive, and flash drive.

Stage 1 (one-time) 5 Minutes

Provides the steps to download the software ISO image file from BitRaser cloud.

Stage 2 (one-time) 5 Minutes

Provides instructions to create a bootable USB for wiping PCs, laptops, and connected drives.

Stage 3 

Provides steps on how to wipe a computer and connected drives using BitRaser software through bootable USB.

These instructions let you wipe a PC clean in less than 10 minutes.

Note: The total wiping time will vary as per the hard drive type, storage capacity, and erasure standard

Stage 1

Download BitRaser Drive Eraser ISO Image File from BitRaser Cloud – [5 Minutes]

  • Step 1 Login to your cloud account using the credentials delivered via your email.
  • Step 2 Click the user profile icon on BitRaser cloud Home screen to view the BitRaser Drive Eraser downloadable ISO file.
  • Step 3 Click Download BitRaser Drive ISO to download BitRaser ISO image.

Stage 2

Burn BitRaser Drive Eraser ISO to create a Bootable USB media - [5 Minutes]

  • Step 1 Visit https://rufus.ie to download Rufus – an open-source application used for creating bootable USB flash drives.
  • Step 2 Install Rufus on your system and connect the USB drive to the system.
  • Step 3 Launch Rufus and follow the instructions based on the below image.
  • Step 4 Click START to initiate the bootable USB media creation process.
  • Step 5 Click 'Yes' on the pop-up message box to proceed further.
  • Step 6 Click OK on the final pop-up confirmation message to burn the BitRaser Drive Eraser ISO file on the USB.

After completing the process, you will have bootable USB media to wipe your PC clean.

Stage 3

Wipe the PC & connected drives using BitRaser bootable USB - [5 Minutes]

The following steps allow you to wipe a laptop, desktop, and connected drives using the bootable USB created in STAGE 2:

  • Step 1 Connect the bootable USB media to the host machine (laptop or desktop PC).
  • Step 2 Power ON the host machine and enter the Boot Menu by pressing the applicable Function keys based on the device 'make' and 'model'.
  • Step 3 Select USB Device option and press Enter.
    • BitRaser Dual Boot Menu screen will appear after the host computer boots successfully.
  • Step 4 Select BitRaser and press Enter to initialize BitRaser Drive Eraser.
    • BitRaser Home screen will appear after initialization, listing all the drives - including build-in & USB drives - connected to the host machine. The interface will display the number of licenses left as '0'.

      At this stage, you need to connect the host machine to the Internet and log in to BitRaser cloud for acquiring licenses to wipe the PC clean, as follows:

  • Step 5 Click Settings icon on the top right corner of the Home screen.
  • Step 4 Click Network tab in the Settings window.
  • For Ethernet, follow these steps:

    • Select the Ethernet radio button.
    • Choose Automatic (DHCP) in Configuration. All other fields will be auto-populated.
    • Click Connect.

    For Wi-Fi, follow these steps:

    • Select Wireless radio button.
    • Select the wireless network in the SSID Name dropdown menu.
    • Enter the wireless network password & click connect.
  • Step 7 Next, click the BitRaser Server tab in the Settings window
  • Step 8 Enter BitRaser cloud URL, login user name & password. Click Connect.

    • The software will automatically acquire licenses from your BitRaser cloud account. You would be able to see the License Left count on the bottom right corner.
  • Step 9 Select the checkbox for all the drives you wish to erase.
  • Step 10 Select Erasure Method from the dropdown list on the bottom of the screen and click Erase.
  • Step 11 A message box will pop up, asking for final confirmation on initiating the erasure process.

    • The software will start wiping the computer and external hard drive(s), displaying the progress.
    • After wiping the PC clean, the software will generate digitally signed reports for all the erased drives and save them automatically on your BitRaser Cloud account.
    • You have successfully wiped your PC clean using
      BitRaser Drive Eraser software.

Requirements

Blank USB:
2 GB or More
Internet connectivity: Ethernet or Wi-Fi
Workstation (PC or laptop) and drives that need to be wiped

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