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Data wiping tools: Redkey USB vs. Dban - which is best?

Both consumers and organizations will occasionally require a cleanup of their existing computer data, especially when re-purposing or selling used equipment. While deleting files and reformatting drives is standard practice, that alone does not guarantee a clean and safe drive. This is why data sanitization is recommended - to ensure cybersecurity is intact. Some may believe that using one of the free utilities available online is sufficient - but is it really?

Darik’s Boot and Nuke - also known as DBAN is probably the most popular among the free utilities for data wiping hard drives. But is it actually the best option? While it's touted to be “free”, that does come with significant pros and cons (mostly cons). Meanwhile, other data wiping tools do exist that might be more reliable, but are often simply clones of DBAN. There are also other tools available, but most come at significant costs to purchase and / or have licencing caveats attached - usually in the form of additional fees for purchasing wipe credits in volume, or keeping the software up to date.  

By comparison, the RedKey USB Data Wipe Tools is both reliable and affordable. But how does it stack up against DBAN? A closer inspection of the features of both can help enlighten you, the smart consumer under the arguably 3 most important categories:

  • User Experience
  • Reliability
  • Value

User Experience

DBAN can be downloaded from its home site hosted by the Blancco Technology Group, the current parent company that purchased the proprietary software and licensing rights to DBAN around 2012. Downloading the software is a simple matter… however, getting it up and running is another thing. DBAN exists only as an ISO image which needs to be manually installed on a CD or (with considerably more difficulty) a USB stick in order to function. If you are a consumer with little tech background or an enterprise worker on a clock, this is a significant hurdle to consider alone, as it not only costs time but also the effort that could be directed on more productive endeavors. Creating a Bootable USB is a tedious process in itself even for a seasoned Tech head. And all this is before you can even actually use it for the data wiping task! What's more, you'll need to do this every time you use DBAN as, by default, DBAN will wipe itself! 

Redkey USB Easy to Use Interface Simple Intuitive Ready to Go Right out of Box

Meanwhile, the RedKey USB data wiping tool features a simple “plug and play” design paradigm and is ready to go straight out of the box. Place the RedKey in an open USB port of the unit, power on, boot up to initiate the wipe - that's it! This leaves you plenty of time to do other tasks like house chores, work, or play while the wipe process is ongoing. Once the RedKey USB presents the alert that the process is done, that's it. No complicated trial and error involved to get up and running. 


This can be summed up in the statement from the DBAN home site as follows:

“While DBAN is free to use, there’s no guarantee your data is completely sanitized across the entire drive. It cannot detect or erase SSDs and does not provide a certificate of data removal for auditing purposes or regulatory compliance. Hardware support (e.g. no RAID dismantling), customer support and software updates are not available using DBAN.”

That clause informing you that DBAN DOES NOT WORK ON SSDs can be a deal-breaker for some. This is a huge limitation with the prevalence and continuing popularity of Solid State Drives to supplement or even replace hard drives. 

Redkey USB Easy to Use Interface Simple Intuitive Ready to Go Right out of Box

RedKey USB, on the other hand does work with SSD's and will even compile a basic report following a 100% data wipe. It works on both PCs and Macs, hard drives and SSDs. With the latest software updates, it even works on the latest nVME, M.2 and eMMC drives too. Redkey also features RAID dismantling. Lastly, support and software development for the RedKey USB is ongoing as the Redkey is being continuously updated and improved. 

Price and Value

DBAN is “free”, but it also has limited functionality. Aside from the aforementioned limitation of not working with SSDs, the DBAN software has not received any update or support ever since it was acquired back in 2012. The parent company Blancco does offer a free trial of it's paid product upon request, but this is commercial software aimed at the enterprise market. Such software requires both an annual subscription and the purchase of Bulk licences as this product is pay per use. Note: A single use license is required EVERY TIME FOR EVERY DRIVE TO BE ERASED! Because of this, the costs soon stack up to be a significant operational overhead. 

Redkey USB Great Value No Subscription Fee No Pay Per Use Great Value For Money

By contrast, the RedKey USB data wiping tool requires only a single purchase. Buy the RedKey USB 128 GB kit, for example, the usage rights are yours FOREVER as Redkey uses a perpetual license. Furthermore, Redkey includes free-shipping worldwide, a 30-day guarantee, and a 2-year warranty. Any techie worth his salt will tell you that it is a bargain! RedKey USB also provides customer support and software updates at no extra cost. Redkey USB LTD is dedicated to providing the best value for consumers and businesses alike.

And the Winner is…

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…You - the consumer or enterprise that chooses the RedKey USB data wiping tool. Although free data erasure and file deletion options like DBAN are available, few can compete with the convenience, user-friendliness, performance, and value of the RedKey USB data wipe tool. Even tech experts agree!

Act now and explore the RedKey USB data wiping product line or contact us for further information today!