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PowerQuest's DataGone Helps Corporations Protect Sensitive Data from Being Recovered

Virtual 'paper shredder' completely erases confidential data from hard disks, removable media and diskettes

OREM, Utah - July 31, 2000 - PowerQuest® Corp., a provider of proven solutions for storage management, announces the release of DataGone™ 2.4, a software solution that permanently erases data from hard disks, removable media and diskettes. DataGone enables businesses to completely purge sensitive and confidential information from their computer systems by overwriting every byte of data on a variety of storage media.

A common misconception is that the data deleted either through the Microsoft® Windows® Recycle Bin or through a complete disk reformat is permanently gone. However, any number of data recovery tools, including PowerQuest’s Lost & Found™, can recover data even after the user has deleted data or reformatted the hard drive.

“DataGone offers businesses a means to permanently remove sensitive, confidential data from their computers before those machines go to an unprotected environment,” said Craig Bushman, senior director of global marketing at PowerQuest. “DataGone ensures that the data removed cannot be recovered by anyone or by any method.”

Using DataGone, IT professionals can choose any of five methods for overwriting data, which include simply writing zeroes to the disk or the more meticulous methods that are required and approved by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Defense (DOD). Once the data has been destroyed, businesses can use DataGone to verify that the information has been permanently removed from the storage media.

“DataGone is a virtual ‘paper shredder,’ ideal for financial institutions, law firms, government offices and any other organization that requires sensitive data be destroyed,” said Tom Groff, senior director of North America sales at PowerQuest. “We have heard from many companies that have supposedly deleted data from their computer systems, only to find out later that payroll documents, tax records and other highly sensitive information were recovered.”

Real-Life Scenario
A bank is giving some of its older computers to a local school so the bank can upgrade to the latest technology. To avoid compromising the security of its customers’ sensitive financial records and personal information, as well as the bank’s internal documents, the bank destroys all data on the hard drives using DataGone. The local school can now use the computers without risk of encountering confidential information.

While this is only an example, the issue of how to properly and completely destroy sensitive data is faced by companies in nearly every industry.

Pricing & Availability
DataGone is only available directly through PowerQuest’s North America corporate sales team. Businesses in North America interested in evaluating or purchasing DataGone should contact their local PowerQuest corporate sales representative for pricing and availability. For a current list of sales representatives in North America, please visit http://www.powerquest.com/sales/index.html.

System Requirements
DataGone requires 8MB of RAM, an Intel/X86™ compatible processor, a 3.5-inch floppy drive and any operating system DOS 5.0 or later. Because DataGone is a DOS-based program, the mouse will be inactive, but the arrow keys on the keyboard can be used to make menu selections.

About PowerQuest
PowerQuest Corporation is a global provider of automated deployment and recovery solutions for corporations and individual users. Based on the company's Virtual Volume Imaging (V2i) technology and Active State Management (ASM) architecture, PowerQuest products and services simplify the management of storage throughout the technology lifecycle. PowerQuest products are available directly from the company and throughout a network of partners in more than 34 countries. www.powerquest.com


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