Lyndon Luhmann
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Volnay reviewed on 07 Dec 2011
I purchased Stellar Wipe a couple of weeks ago. First of all, I'd like to respond to a lot of users in general who say that "why do you need a product like this, when you have free Disk Utility included with Mac OS X?" The reason is simple; Disk utility won't wipe a start up disk! You can't wipe a start up disk with any product that doesn't come with a boot disk with a minimal system on it. You need a CD/DVD with a minimum system on it to do it, to start up your Mac with the DVD instead of your normal HD start up disk. This stellar Wipe indirectly has a boot disk, although you have to make it yourself using the Stellar Wipe software. I would much prefer it if Stellar Wipe would come boxed with a CD/DVD start up disk included. There used to be a product called Super Scrubber by Jiiva that came boxed with a start up CD. It worked great! Unfortunately, they are no longer in business. Now for the review: Simply put, Stellar Wipe doesn't work. I made a DVD boot disk per their instructions. The DVD failed to mount. I tried several times, holding down the "C" key during start up. But nothing. I then decided that I did indeed do something wrong. I made and burned the disk on my Intel iMac. The machine I wanted to wipe the drive on was a non Intel G5 Mac. I decided that this must be the reason it wouldn't boot. I then made and burned another DVD with Stellar Wipe, this time on the machine that I was going to use it on. But still nothing, tried again several times. In addition, it has a terrible way to make and burn a DVD. Their way of making and burning a DVD is very scary, especially if, like me, you are making and burning a DVD on a machine other that the machine which you intend to use it on. But I'll admit, this is an unusual case. Most people are going to be making and burning the DVD on the machine they are intending to use it on. The interface overall is pretty good, and they provide numerous types of wiping algorithms. You also have the choice to wipe the whole drive or just a file. The company Stellar, is an Indian firm, and their lack of command of English is apparent in several areas. If Stellar Wipe worked, it would be a pretty good product. But I can't recommend it because of that. Don't buy it! P.S. I ordered another drive wiping utility called WipeDrive by White Canyon software. I can report how this one works later.
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