What is NDW?
NDW is a software solution that consists of operating system and software that can wipe / erase data securely from hard disk drives over the network automatically. This solution is fully automated and no human intervention is required. NDW solution is installed on a machine that is called server, a network switch connects NDW server and several PXEBoot enabled workstations. There are 3 main components of NDW.
1. NDW Server 2. Network Switch 3. Several Pxeboot enabled workstations.
Why should I use NDW?
We all know that erasing data from data disk drives securely can be a cumbersome task, and it may take several hours or days to remove data from just one hard disk drive by using industry leading software, but this entire process of manual and painfully long. Network Data Wipe server solution addresses these solutions and provide fully automated solution that takes care of these issues. No more manual work to be done when use NDW software.
What are the benefits of using Network HDD Data Wipe?
The list of benefits is huge, to name a few. NDW architecture is database driven, which means all data related to hard disks is stored in a secure and central data base. NDW management interface is web based, it can be accessed via any web browser using IOS Iphone, Android or Microsoft Windows operation system. NDW automatically prints barcode label for each hard disk drive. Automatically generates certificate of erasure, detailed and comprehensive reports are also generated and so much more.
I want to wipe 1 Hard Disk Drive, should I use Network HDD Data Wipe NDW product?
NDW software solution was designed for companies and organizations wanting to erase data from large number of hard disk drives. This software is best suited for IT recycling companies, Data erase and data destruction companies and corporate enterprise level organizations. If you want to wipe data from just 10 or less hard disk drives, this solution is not for you. However, if you want to test this product, nothing stops you from using this product.
What data erasure methods are used?
NDW uses all industry standard data erasure methods, such as following.
Quick and Secure - Write Zeros across the spindles
dod522022m / dod - 7 pass DOD 5220.22-M method
dodshort / dod3pass - 3 pass DOD method
gutmann - Peter Gutmann's Alogrithm
ops2 - RCMP TSSIT OPS-II
random / prng / stream - PRNG Stream
zero / quick / Overwrite with zeros
U.S Navy Staff Office Publication NAVSO P-5239-26
British HMG Infosec Styandard 5, Enhanced Standard
New Zealand Government Communication Security Bureau NZSIT 402
Australian Government ICT Security Manual 2014 - Controls
What security NDW uses and how secure my data is when using NDW wipe?
Your data security is paramount important to us, NDW has strong multiple layer of security implementation, strongest possible encryption is also utilized to protect your data.
Why NDW only works over LAN?
NDW solution is designed to wipe hundreds and thousands of hard disk drives concurrently. Wiping data from so many hard disk drives simultaneously is only possible if several computer workstations are utilized. Therefore network is a fundamental requirement for this solution is work correctly.
Can I install NDW software on my Windows desktop system?
No, NDW is a complete solution that contains Linux based operating system, workstation and software that wipes the hard disk drives. NDW cannot be installed on a windows based operating system.
Why there is limit of 50 wipes of Hard Disk Drives with Free version?
We have spent 1000s of man hours and resources to develop this software. If you are not a commercial business and want to wipe less than 50 hard drives, this system will let you wipe upto 50 hard disk drives free of charge. However, after this limit is reach system will cease to function. To purchase a copy of this software for unlimited use please contact the author.
I cannot afford to buy unlimited and unrestricted version of NDW, do I have other options?
We have several options available. If you cannot afford to purchase NDW software for unlimited use. You can purchase the number of wipes you required. For example, you may want to purchase only 1000 wipes solution, you can contact the author for pricing of per wipe.
What type of network switch I should use with NDW?
Inteligent 10/100/1000Mbps switch is recommended. Cisco, Nortel, Juniper and other switches are supported. For complete please contact the author.
Are there any specific network cable requirements?
You may use standard Ethernet copper cable such as CAT5 or CAT6e.
Can I use hard disk arrays to wipe data from several Hard Disks?
Using hard disk drive arrays with NDW is a great way of wiping large number of hard disk drives. As long as the workstation's BIOS can see your hard drives, NDW will wipe these. If you have special case where you need to install the drivers of SCSI card or Array drivers before the hard disk drives are seen the OS, please contact the author.
What is a barcode label and why it is needed?
When wiping data from millions and thousands of hard disk drives, things can get really messy with such a volume. Drives that are already wiped can get mixed with the drives yet to be wiped. Therefore, NDW automatically prints a self adhesive barcode label for each hard disk drive that is wiped; this label can be attached to each hard disk drive for easy visual identification. See below for example.
What is ZPL printer and why only ZPL printers are supported by NDW software?
ZPL is label printing language that was invented by Zebra company, ZPL language is widely used across the globe. Majority of label printer manufacturers support ZPL language. No drivers are required for the ZPL printer to function with NDW solution. ZPL printers are supported as Plug and Play.
What is a certificate of data erasure and why I should use it?
When you wipe several hundred hard disk drives, you need a proof that the hard disk drive has been successfully wiped and data is rendered non-recoverable. The proof is provided in two shapes. Self Adhesive barcode label that is attached to each hard disk drive after successful wipe. Also a certificate of data erasure is generated that can be printed from management console. See below the example of data erasure certificate.
Can I use NDW to wipe data from Mobile phone devices?
No NDW currently does not support mobile phone devices, however this feature will be added in the future.
How I can create a detailed report of 100 hard disk drives that I just wiped?
A batch report for group of hard disk drives can be auto generated by using management console. Batch data erasure certificates can also be created by using the management console. These reports can be printed or converted to Excel file format.
Can I export report data to Excel or PDF format?
Yes you can export each report of page into Excel file format. At the bottom of every page there is button to export data into excel. Clicking this button will generate a downloadable file that can be opened in Microsoft Excel.
I want to customize the thermal barcode labels to include my company information, how I can do that?
Customizing barcode label is possible, please contact us with your requirement and we will be very happy to assist.
I want the certificates of erasure to include my company details and logos, how I can do that?
Your company details and logo can be added to both barcode label and certificate of erasure. Also the management console can be branded with your company details. Please contact us and we should be happy to assist.
We have a inventory software that we currently use, can we integrate this software with our existing software?
Depending on how flexible your inventory software is, NDW software can be integrated with any other solution. Please contact us with your requirements and we will look into it.
Can NDW be integrated with our ERP system via API?
NDW software can be integrated with ERP systems by using API calls and cross table integration. Please contact us and we will can look into your requirement and provide a suitable solution.
Who should use the NDW Network Data Wiping software?
NDW software is mainly designed for individuals and companies wanting to wipe data from large number of hard disk drives.
I have just wiped data from several hard disk drives, but barcode label for some hard drive was not printing, how I can reprint it manually?
Manual printing of barcode label is possible by using management console of NDW software. See below an example of printing barcode label manually by using management console.
Out of 100 hard disks I wiped 15 are showing grade B, what does it mean and why these are marked as grade B drives?
Grade B hard disk drives are those that have imminent drive failure condition. Any drive that has pending sectors that cannot be remapped or reallocated, that drive is bound is fail in very near future. Therefore these hard disk drives are automatically detected and marked Grade B due to their poor health condition.
What is PXEboot workstation and why it is needed for NDW to function correctly?
PXEboot is method to boot and deliver operating system to workstations over the network, once the workstation has booted off the PXE operating system and software are run in the memory (RAM) of the system.
My PXEboot workstation is not booting properly and is stuck, what shall I do?
There is a possibility that your PXEboot workstation system has non standard network card and is not recognized by NDW server, in this situation please contact us and we shall find a solution for you.
I want a new feature in this software, what shall I do?
We entertain requests for new feature. All requests for new features are queued to be released in the upcoming release of NDW software.
Can NDW wipe hard disk drives from workstations that are connected to this network via wireless network?
If your workstation support wifi pxeboot, then you should be able to wipe data from hard disk drives over wireless network. Please check with the hardware vendor for PXEboot support over WiFi network.