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Hard Drive Eraser for 2.5 or 3.5 in. SATA Drives - 4-Bay - Standalone

Securely erase up to four SATA drives simultaneously with this standalone hard drive sanitizer

Product ID: SATERASER4

  • Secure, standalone drive erasing for up to four 2.5”/3.5” SATA SSD/HDD drives
  • 9 erase modes including: Quick and Secure Erase, Single Pass Overwrite and Multi-pass Overwrites - meets DoD (5220.22-M) standards
  • Easy operation with LCD display and push-button navigation
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  • Built-in 9-pin serial port enables you to print erase logs using a receipt printer
  • Supports SATA I and II (up to 3 Gbps)
  • Also supports 2.5” and 3.5” IDE hard drives, mSATA drives and SATA M.2 drives using a compatible StarTech.com adapter
  • TAA compliant
  • Plug-and-play installation
867,99 € EUR exc VAT
1 041,59 € EUR inc VAT
9+ In stock
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Overview

This hard drive eraser provides standalone, simultaneous drive erasing for up to four 2.5 in. or 3.5 in. SATA hard drives or solid-state drives.

Save time with a four-bay, standalone eraser

Unlike hard-drive docking stations or adapters that require a computer connection and software to erase drives, this hard drive sanitizer features standalone erasing that doesn’t require a host computer. This avoids the hassle of connecting your drives to a host computer and protects your drives from external security threats like remote data access.

The four-bay design maximizes efficiency by batching multiple drives in single erase projects, saving you valuable time. The hard drive eraser supports USB 3.0, also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1, with file transfer rates of up to 5Gbps.

Maximum versatility with multiple erase modes

Using industry-recognized erase modes, the hard drive eraser securely sanitizes the data from your 2.5 in. or 3.5 in. SSDs or HDDs. It supports nine erase modes including Quick Erase, Single and Multi-pass Overwrites, Custom Erase, Secure Erase and Enhanced Secure Erase. The Multi-pass Overwrite (3-Pass Full Disk Overwrite) erase procedures meet the requirements of DoD (5220.22-M) standards.

Support for a variety of erase modes makes this drive eraser perfect for virtually any professional application. Single-Pass Overwrite is ideal for IT technicians and system administrators who decommission and repurpose old hard drives, while Quick and Secure Erase, Single Pass Overwrite and Multi-pass Overwrite modes (meeting DoD standards) are ideal solutions for research laboratories, health offices, law offices and accountants who manage sensitive data and require secure erasing to avoid potential privacy breaches.

In addition to supporting 2.5 in./3.5 in. SATA SSDs and HDDs, the hard drive eraser also works with 2.5 in. and 3.5 in. IDE hard drives, mSATA drives and SATA M.2 drives using a compatible StarTech.com adapter:

IDE hard drives:  Use StarTech.com adapter SAT2IDEADP SATA to 2.5 in. or 3.5 in. IDE Hard Drive Adapter for HDD Docks

mSATA drives: Use StarTech.com adapter SAT32MSAT257 mSATA SSD to 2.5 in. SATA Adapter Converter

M.2 drives: Use StarTech.com adapter SAT32M225 M.2 NGFF SSD to 2.5 in SATA Adapter Converter

Hassle-free operation and erase log recording

The hard drive eraser features convenient menu navigation that ensures fast and efficient performance, with push-button operation and a built-in LCD display that clearly identifies the erase modes and task status. You can also connect the eraser to a computer to quickly access the drive that's connected to port-1.

To ensure your records are complete for auditing, the hard drive eraser features a 9-pin serial port that can connect to a serial printer to provide on-demand erase logs.

The SATERASER4 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

Erase your hard drives before they’re decommissioned, to prevent your sensitive data from being recovered

Clear your hard drives before repurposing them

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type USB 3.0
Compatible Drive Types SATA
Drive Size 2.5in & 3.5in
Interface USB 3.0
Number of Drives 4
Performance
Erase Modes Quick Erase
1-Pass Overwrite (NIST SP 800-88 Rev 1 - Clear)
3-Pass Overwrite
7-Pass Overwrite
Custom Erase
Secure Erase (NIST SP 800-88 Rev 1 - Purge)
Enhanced Secure Erase (NIST SP 800-88 Rev 1 - Purge)
Hot Swap Capability Yes
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested with up to 10TB 7200 RPM
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
SATA II (3 Gbps)
Connector(s)
Drive Connectors 4 - SATA Data & Power Combo (7+15 pin) Receptacle
Host Connectors 1 - USB Type-B (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
Other Interface(s) 1 - DB 9-pin Serial Male
Software
OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements
Note If you connect this adapter to your computer, only the hard drive connected to port-1 can be accessed
Receipt printing through the RS232 serial port requires a printer which supports the ESC/P printer control language.
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - 2-Line LCD display on top
4 - Power LED
4 - Activity LED
4 - HPA/DCO Detect LED
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 1.2 A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 7 A
Output Voltage 12 DC
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 84 W
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 20% ~ 80%, non-condensing
Operating Temperature 5°C ~ 45°C (41°F ~ 113°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C ~85°C (-4°F ~ 185°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Steel
Product Height 30 mm [1.2 in]
Product Length 209 mm [8.2 in]
Product Weight 712 g [25.1 oz]
Product Width 96 mm [3.8 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 2.6 kg [5.8 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - hard drive eraser
1 - universal power adapter (NA/JP, EU, UK, ANZ)
4 - drive pads
4 - drive cables
1 - USB 3.0 cable
1 - quick-start guide
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

StarTech.com hard drive and flash drive duplicators perform a sector by sector copy, which means that the target drive must be the exact same size (down to the sector) or larger than the hard drive or flash drive that is being copied. During a sector by sector copy, each individual sector is copied over to the target drive, regardless of whether or not any data is present. A 500 GB hard drive with 50 GB of data on it will take the same amount of time to copy as a 500 GB hard drive with 450 GB of data on it.

If you have two hard drives or flash drives that are listed as the same size but are different makes or models, you need to check how large both drives are down to the sector to ensure that the target drive is is the exact same size or larger.

Solid-state drives (SSDs) use SATA connectors to access power and transfer data. Any duplicator that can copy to or from SATA hard drives will work with a StarTech.com duplicator.

Note: If you use a dock to duplicate SSDs, keep in mind that the StarTech.com disk duplicators execute a sector by sector read and write. SSDs are rated by a number of reads and writes. Repeated duplication and sector by sector reads and writes of SSDs can reduce the life cycle of the drive.

Software-level encryption on the drive poses no issue to StarTech.com duplicators, as the duplicators copy encrypted data sector by sector over to the new drive.

Hardware-level encryption or BIOS level hard drive locks cause the duplication to halt and fail, as the drive is unable to read or write the sectors that are encrypted.

Duplication of Hidden Protected Area (HPA) Partitions or Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA) cause the duplicator to halt and fail, as the drive cannot read and write the protected partitions on the drive.

Note: Our UNIDUPDOCK, SATDOCK22RE and SATDOCK4U3RE do include the ability to copy HPA partitions, but the duplication is still dependent on how the HPA partition is written to the hard drive, whether or not it is encrypted and how it is encrypted.

StarTech.com duplicators were not designed to recover failing or damaged drives. If the duplicator encounters a corrupt or unreadable sector, the duplication halts and fails.

SATDOCK4U3RE, SATDUP13 ,and UNIDUPDOCK all include a function that allows the duplicators to skip over corrupt or unreadable sectors. However, if the duplicators encounter too many errors, they still halt and fail. If this happens, you will need third-party recovery software or custom-built recovery hardware to copy from a failing or damaged drive.

Quick and secure erase functions

Quick erase and secure erase are functions the duplicators call on the hard drives themselves. How they work depends on the manufacturer of the hard drive.

Department of Defense erase function

A Department of Defense (DoD) erase is a function performed by the duplicator where it does three passes. The first pass writes all 0s. The second pass writes all 1s. The third pass writes 0s and 1s randomly.

Note: Not all duplicators will feature all of these erase modes. It is important to review the product manual to confirm the available erase modes.

To determine if your hard drive will work in this device, on the product page, click the Technical Specifications tab, and do the following:

  • Make sure that the device supports the storage size of your hard drive. If the storage size of your hard drive is larger than what the device was tested with, the hard drive will likely still work with the enclosure.
  • Confirm that your hard drive uses the same interface type as the device. For example, IDE, SATA, or M.2.
  • Make sure that the device supports the physical size of your hard drive, such as 2.5 inches or 3.5 inches.
  • Verify that the power consumption of your hard drive doesn’t exceed the power output of the device. If you’re using multiple hard drives, make sure that the combined power consumption of all of the hard drives doesn’t exceed the power output of the docking station.

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a hard drive dock or duplicator, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • IDE, SATA, and eSATA cables
  • Hard drives
  • Hard drive dock or duplicator

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the cables, hard drives, and hard drive dock or duplicator in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
  • Use a different cable, hard drive, and hard drive dock or duplicator in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test the hard drive and hard drive dock or duplicator, it is recommended that you do the following:

Note: For a hard drive duplicator you may need to switch the device to PC mode (if available).

  1. To check Disk Management, press the Windows key + R, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter. Check to see if your hard drive is listed.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • If the hard drive is listed with unallocated space, the hard drive needs to be reformatted. Right-click unallocated and click New Simple Volume. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reformatting.​

Note: Formatting a hard drive erases all of the data on it. Make sure that you back up all of your data before you reformat the hard drive. 

  • If the hard drive is listed as healthy but does not have a drive letter, for example, C:, right-click healthy and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add, assign a drive letter, and click OK.

Note: A formatted hard drive will not show up in Computer or My Computer until it has a drive letter assigned to it.

This docking station allows the hard drive to enforce its own power state, as opposed to enforcing a power state that keeps the hard drive active at all times. Since most newer hard drives have low-power energy conservation modes, this will cause the hard drive to enter an idle state if it is not used for a certain amount of time. 

 

You do not need to format your target hard drive before you begin to duplicate it, because the target hard drive is automatically overwritten during the duplication process.

The hard drive duplicator copies the exact partition from the source drive to the target drive. Since it is required that you use a target drive that is equal or larger in size than the source drive a portion of the target drive appears as free space. You can append free space to the live partition on the target drive so that the full size of the drive can be utilized.

Note: A partition cannot be extended on an operating system drive that is in use. You must extend the partition when it not being used by the operating system, and ideally when it is still connected to the duplicator.

Extend a partition on a computer running Windows

Note: Do not extend a System Reserved partition. Only extend the primary partition, which is typically the largest in size and formatted with NTFS or FAT32.

After you have successfully duplicated a drive and the target drive is still connected to your computer system (for example, through the duplicator), complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + R.
  2. Type compmgmt.msc and click Ok.
  3. In Computer Management, on the left side of the screen, click Disk Management.
  4. Find the target drive. It will most likely be at the bottom of the list, have a partition that is the same size as the source drive, and have an unallocated area on the drive.
  5. On the target drive, right-click the last partition on the right side of the screen and click Extend Volume.
  6. In the Extend Volume wizard, click Next. By default, the remaining drive area is the amount of space used.
  7. Click Next > Finish.

The primary partition on the drive now uses the entire drive area.

StarTech.com hard drive duplicators only read from the source drive and only write to the target drives while in standalone duplication mode .  A duplication that fails or halts will not cause a problem with the source drive.

You can use this device to duplicate an internal hard drive with the stand alone duplicator function if you remove the hard drive from the computer and connect it directly to this device.