Macrorit Free Disk Wiper is a portable Windows utility to securely wipe partitions, thumbdrives and external drives regardless of file system. It can be a useful program if you want to dispose of your computer hard drive or to have a new start after having used the drive to store sensitive documents. The program does not contain any adware or advertising and can be used for free for non commercial use.
You can wipe the partition with five different methods. A quick zero wiping that will overwrite everything with the 0 character, another quick wiping that overwrites data with the character 1, a medium two wiping passes first with the 0 and then the 1 character, a slow US Department of Defense 5220.22-M 3 passes, and very slow ultra high security beyond law enforcement and resourceful adversaries data recovery, US Department of Defense 5220.28-STD 7 passes.
To stop neighbours I would use the quick data wiping method with characters 0 or 1, to securely dispose of the disk I would use 3 wipes if the data that was been previously saved on the partition or thumbdrive is not life threatening, and if you have time available or the partition is small, I would use the 7 passes wipe to stop all data remanence and peace of mind.
Macrorit Disk Wiper interface is straight forward, there are no hidden menus, you can manage everything from the main window where all computer partitions are listed. Tick a checkbox with the desired wiping method, select the target partition or external drive to erase, at which point you get a warning and are made to type the word “WIPE” to avoid erasing data by mistake, sit down and observe the progress bar as it wipes your partition or thumbdrive.
Like with all partition wiping utilities, you will have to reformat the thumbdrive or partition after wiping it, if you don’t do that the partition will show as unformatted and you will not be able to reuse it.