This KB focuses on "how to wipe a USB drive" to attain secure and compliant media sanitization. It provides instructions to wipe or erase USB drives, such that the data stored on them is erased permanently, meeting the tenets of data privacy, confidentiality, and compliance in line with the applicable data protection regulations.
The USB media wiping instructions covered in this KB are for using BitRaser Drive Eraser software and are suitable for erasing all types of USB drives, including —
BitRaser Drive Eraser can start wiping or erasing a USB drive within 15 minutes*. You can follow these instructions to wipe a USB flash drive (aka thumb drive or memory stick) or hard drive. Visit the BitRaser Drive Eraser deployment guide for detailed instructions.
Note: * The total wiping time will vary as per type and size of drive and the erasure standard chosen.
You need the following:
Stage 1: Download BitRaser Drive Eraser ISO file [Duration: 5 minutes]
This stage involves downloading the 'BitRaser Drive Eraser' software ISO file from BitRaser cloud account post you have purchased the licenses.
Stage 2: Create 'BitRaser bootable USB media' [Duration: 5 minutes]
This stage involves creating a bootable media by burning 'BitRaser Drive Eraser ISO' image on an empty USB flash drive. The bootable media allows wiping of USB drives.
For creating the bootable media on PC or Laptop, you can use an application 'Rufus'. Please follow the steps below:
Tip: If you are using Mac machine then Rufus will not work to create bootable. You need to use 'balenaEtcher' - https://www.balena.io/etcher/, a free and open-source utility widely used for writing ISO image file to create bootable USB flash drive. For Mac wiping,You may refer to the steps on Mac - https://www.bitraser.com/deployment/how-to-wipe-mac.php
4. Click START to initiate bootable media creation.
5. Click 'YES' on the pop-up message box to proceed further.
Stage 3: Start wiping the USB drive [Duration: 5 minutes]
After creating the bootable media, follow these steps to begin wiping of the USB drives:
After wiping the USB drive(s), the software will generate digitally signed reports & certificate of erasure and upload them automatically to your BitRaser Cloud account.
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