CLIENT's interface

Category: WIPERBOX

Start

Client software can be started using a network card with PXE interface. After loading and start of the system an interface enabling the parameters setting and data wipe-out startup will be available.

Interface

An example of the user interface on client computer with hard drives is shown on the image below:

The window contains information about the detected disks and their status and the application control panel located in the upper right corner.

In some cases, immediately after starting the systems with SATA or SSD disks installed,  message will appear:

This is due to the fact that majority of main board BIOSs block the access to commands connected with ATA SECURITY ERASE options. Restarting the system will cause unlocking the Access to ATA SECURITY ERASE commands and the drives with DISK FROZEN status will switch to IDLE status. Performing this activity is advised, as the SECURITY ERASE method is very often the only method available for the PURGE level of data wipe-out in case of SATA drives and the fastest method for CLEAR level for SSD drives.

The system contains built-in automatic freezing mechanism, re-starting after 5 seconds, when set to unblock ATA SECURITY ERASE command.

A sample disk information line is shown below:

The field contains information about the model, serial number, the size of the disk. Next there is a status and progress bar and two buttons.

The button on the left allows you to start deleting data from the disk. The button on the right “i” displays the S.M.A.R.T information of the disk in a separate window.

A sample view of the disk information window is shown in the following figure:

Figure 7 - Information window S.M.A.R.T.

If one of SMART attributes, enlisted in the  “Handling of disks containing errors” section, has greater value than the permitted one – such attribute will be marked X sign.

The status bar displays information about the current status and- if applicable- also the progress in erasing or verifying data. Possible statuses are:

IDLE – there are no operations currently performed on the drive

CLEAR ETA: HH:MM (XXX MB/s) – overwrite medium, estimated time till completion, speed

CLEAR ERROR @XXX – saving error during overwriting in XXX sector

CLEAR FINISHED – overwriting completed

CLEAR ABORTED @XXX – overwriting canceled by the user in XXX sector

VERIFY ETA: HH:MM (XXX MB/s) – verification, estimated time till completion, speed

VERIFY ABORTED @XXX – verification ceased by the user in XXX sector

VERIFY FINISHED – verification completed

VERIFY ERROR @XXX – verification error in XXX sector

SECURE ERASE ETA: HH:MM – the ATA SECURE ERASE UNIT command is being performed, estimated time till completion

SECURE ERASE ERROR – ATA SECURE ERASE UNIT command finished with an error

SANITIZE IN PROGRESS –ATA SANITIZE DEVICE command is being performed (for SATA and SSD drives) or SCSI SANITIZE (for SAS drives)

DISK SANITIZE ERROR –ATA SANITIZE DEVICE command (for SATA and SSD drives) or SCSI SANITIZE (for SAS drives) finished with an error.

WRITING MBR – report saving to MBR

MAKE MBR ERROR – error during recording data on MBR

ERROR: CERTIFICATE ERROR – error in communication with server during the transfer of data on the finished process

SUCCESS!!! – the whole process completed successfully, a certificate of disk erasing is available in the server’s interface

DISK FROZEN – the disk is blocked by BIOS for ATA SECURITY ERASE commands

PURGE UNAVAILABLE – the disk does not work with any of the methods listed for PURGE erasing level, the ‘START’ button is not available

S.M.A.R.T. ERROR – the disk reports errors in the S.M.A.R.T. system. Such disk will not be subject to data wipe-out.

Control Panel

CLIENT’s Control Panel

Control panel enables:

  • checking the current time on the client computer – time has been synchronized with server’s time at the start of the system,
- start deleting on all disks in the IDLE state
- displays information about the program
- change the erase option
- restart the system
- shutdown

On the panel there is also information about the number of free licenses on the server available. The start of the erasing process blocks one license on the server. If the process of data wipe-out and verification is completed successfully, the license becomes a used one. In case of manual interruption of the erasing process or the error in any phase of the process – for example in the data recording or in reading it from the disk – the license is returned to the server and can be used for erasing another disk. In the event of  losing connection with the server or loss of power supply during the drive wipe-out, the license is blocked for particular disk’s serial number. The next trial to erase the same drive will not cause another license’s blocking.

The status bar displays information about the connection with the server (or its lack) as well as about the client computer’s IP address.

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