Disk Verifier has been released!
This is the big announcement I hinted at earlier this year :). But what is Disk Verifier? Well, it’s an add-on to Parted Magic’s Secure Erase GUI, that allows you to wipe and then verify that your disks have been wiped in compliance with the NIST 800-88 specification. While commercial, it is developed in line with the free (as in freedom) software ethic, and is as such released under the GNU GPLv3 like my other programs. It is also inexpensive.
What is NIST 800-88?
It’s a data security standard relating to sanitisation of disks. Using a 3rd-party tool to verify that your disks have been sanitised/wiped correctly helps to comply with the standard – the idea is that the tool you wiped the disk with may have lied about fully wiping it, so if you use a verifier tool from a different source you can be more confident that the job was done properly.
What features does it have?
In its initial release, Disk Verifier simply integrates with Parted Magic’s Secure Erase GUI to provide an alternative, NIST 800-88 complaint means of wipe verification. It integrates seamlessly with Parted Magic. However, I do have some extra features I plan to release in the not-too-distant future, so keep an eye out!
How do I download Disk Verifier?
To be ultra-clear, in case you didn’t read the rest of this post so far, Disk Verifier is commercial software and is for sale. However, it is still open-source and available under the GNU GPLv3, just like my other programs. It is also reasonably priced, and can be bought for £3 at the time of writing, which is around US $4. In order to use Disk Verifier in its current form, you will need to purchase Parted Magic from www.partedmagic.com.
You can purchase Disk Verifier from my website at www.hamishmb.com/html/diskverifier.php.
Disk Verifier is my first commercial product, and it is now up for sale! Please note, I have no intention of stopping work on my other free (as in freedom as well as money) products, and they will remain up for free download :).
There are some new and different posts coming up, so stay tuned. First we shall end the Linux-programs-on-Windows saga with the Windows Subsystem for Linux video, and from there, who knows?