Data Wiping Tools: RedKey USB vs. DBAN
Regular consumers and business organizations will routinely require a cleanup of their existing computers’ data for re-use or reselling. While reformatting is a 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 might believe that using the free utilities available online is cost-effective and smart. But is it really?
Darik’s Boot and Nuke, AKA DBAN, is one of the most popular among the free utilities for data wiping hard drives. But is it the best option? While it is touted to be “free”, that comes with significant pros and cons (mostly cons). Meanwhile, other data wiping tools do exist that are more reliable, but are often simply clones (or "Forks") of DBAN, while some others come at significant costs to purchase and have caveats (usually in the form of additional fees for keeping the software up to date).
By comparison, the RedKey USB Data Wipe Tools is both reliable AND affordable. But how does it stack vs. DBAN? A closer inspection of the features of both can help enlighten you, the smart consumer under the arguably 3 most important categories:
- Installation & ease of Use
- Price & Value
Installation and Ease of Use
DBAN can be downloaded from it's home site hosted by the Blancco Technology Group, the current parent company that purchased the proprietary software and licensing rights. 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 effort that could be directed on more productive endeavours. Creating a Bootable USB is a tedious and complicated 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!
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 it up, wait for the boot, select the options that pop up on the screen, and then let it do its job. You can 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!
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, on the other hand, compiles a report log after the process AND guarantees full erasure and data wipe. It works natively on both PCs and Macs, hard drives and SSDs. It even works on the latest nVME, M.2 and eMMC drives too. Redkey DOES feature 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 as a loss-leader back in 2012. The parent company Blancco does offer a free trial of it's paid product upon request, but it is only for enterprise users and limited in use. It will then require a paid license registration for a single use. Note: A single use license is required EVERY TIME FOR EVERY DRIVE TO BE ERASED! Licences are purchased in bulk, and the cost soon stacks up to be a significant overhead.
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. Furthermore, this purchase includes free-shipping, a 30-day guarantee, and a 2-year warranty. Any techie worth his salt will tell you that is a bargain! RedKey USB also provides live 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…
…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 user-friendliness, performance, and total value of the RedKey USB data wipe tool. Even tech experts agree!
Act now and explore the fine product line of RedKey USB data wiping products or contact us for information and questions today!