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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I CREATE A BOOTABLE OBLITERASE CD FROM AN ISO FILE?

To create a bootable Obliterase CD, you must burn the Obliterase ISO to a CD. The ISO cannot be burned by using a “drag and drop” copy method. The ISO is an image file that contains many smaller files which comprise the Obliterase operating system as well as our erasure software. The proper way to burn the image is using the “Burn image to CD” selection in your CD burning software.

NOTE: Obliterase ISO files cannot be booted from DVD format. Only CD-R and CD-RW discs will operate properly.

For more information about CD image burning tools, go to imgburn. For more information about USB burning tools, go to unetbootin.

CAN I RUN THE OBLITERASE ERASURE SOFTWARE FROM A DVD? HOW DO I CREATE A BOOTABLE OBLITERASE CD FROM AN ISO FILE?

No. Obliterase will not run properly from a DVD. Only burn the Obliterase Erasure software from a CD-R, CD-RW, or USB flash device.

CAN I RUN OBLITERASE IN WINDOWS?

Obliterase is its own operating system and erasure software in one. Obliterase is not a Windows application. Since Obliterase needs to see your entire hard drive, Obliterase is loaded and runs as its own operating system in memory, leaving your hard drive entirely available for erasure.

CAN I RUN OBLITERASE FROM A USB FLASH DRIVE?

Yes. You can burn the Obliterase Erasure software to a USB drive. You will need burning software that will properly burn the image to the USB drive. Simply “dragging and dropping” the Obliterase ISO image to the USB flash drive will not work.

HOW DO I LAUNCH THE OBLITERASE ERASURE SOFTWARE?

Once you have burned the Obliterase ISO image to CD or USB, insert the media into your computer and boot or reboot. You must set the primary boot device in the computers BIOS to the CD-ROM drive or USB as appropriate. To select the boot priority, hit the BIO hot key while the computer is booting up, and then select the device to boot from.

Here is a list of hot keys if you do not know which Function key to use for your computer. http://www.cpucare.net/Hardware/BIOS/Access_BIOS.htm

HOW DO I KNOW THAT OBLITERASE IS RUNNING?

Upon launching the Obliterase Erasure software, you may be prompted to:

  • agree to the End User License Agreement
  • confirm that you understand that ALL data, operating system information will be entirely erased from the hard drive(s).
  • make sure you are connected to the internet
  • select which hard drive(s) to erase

Once you progress past these prompts, the Obliterase Erasure software will start by registering the computer’s unique serial number and other asset information to initiate a Certificate of Erasure for that computer.

Then, the Obliterase logo will appear in the middle of your screen indicating that the erasure is in process. An estimate of the percentage of erasure completion will be displayed as well.

HOW DO I KNOW THAT OBLITERASE IS FINISHED RUNNING?

Once Obliterase is finished erasing, and has performed a verification of the erasure, the Obliterase icon will change to either a green checkmark if successful, or a red X if it failed.

WHAT PLATFORMS (CPU ARCHITECTURE) DOES IS THE OBLITERASE ERASURE SOFTWARE COMPATIBLE WITH?

Obliterase runs on all x86 based processor platforms that support Windows, Linux and DOS.

DOES OBLITERASE RUN ON MACINTOSH?

No. Obliterase is not compatible with Macintosh.