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.
CLIENT’s Control Panel
Control panel enables:
|- start deleting on all disks in the IDLE state|
|- displays information about the program|
|- change the erase option|
|- restart the system|
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.