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Step by step instructions to safely delete hard drives (HDDs) and strong state drives (SSDs)

Got a heap of old drives that you have to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or, then again would you like to wipe a drive in a PC that you are offering or giving without end? Here are a few hints and traps to enable you to take care of business.

Got a heap of old drives that you have to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or, then again would you like to wipe a drive in a PC that you are offering or giving without end? Here are a few hints and traps to enable you to take care of business. 

Since hard drives (HDDs) and strong state drives (SSDs) require diverse taking care of, will cover them independently here. 


There are three methodologies you can take to safely wiping hard drives. 


The least expensive approach to handle a heap of hard drives is to wipe them with a product eraser. I caution you however, it's not fast, and it won't take a shot at damaged circles. 

My instrument of decision for wiping drives is Darik's Boot And Nuke. It's free and makes an incredible showing with regards to of wiping drives clean.

To utilize it, you'll have to make a wipe CD or DVD, at that point attach the drives you need to wipe to a PC, and run the product. Be mindful so as not to coincidentally wipe a drive containing information you require, on the grounds that that will make your life suck. I propose utilizing an extra PC or, coming up short that, disengaging every one of the information drives from the framework you utilize, in the event of some unforeseen issue. You can do this since you'll be booting up off the Boot And Nuke circle and not the interior drive. 

I suggest that you read and completely acclimate yourself with the documentation for this product, on the grounds that in the event that you take your eye off the ball and wipe the wrong drive, your information is no more. 


In the event that you don't have a craving for adopting the product strategy, another technique you can take is to utilize a bespoke equipment instrument to carry out the employment. Now however things begin to get somewhat costly, yet it is quicker and means that you don't need to devote a PC to the wiping operation. 

The device I utilize is Wiebetech's Drive eRazer Ultra . It's a quick, solid, independent answer for wiping hard drives and erasing everything. You connect the drive to it, tap a couple of catches, and Drive eRazer Ultra deals with the rest. 

I've utilized this device to wipe many drives with extraordinary achievement. It's a costly answer without a doubt - the eRazer Ultra begins at $200 - however in the event that you have a considerable measure of drives to wipe, it's well justified, despite all the trouble. 

Alright, what do you would on the off chance that you like to wipe drives that have passed on or turned out to be damaged somehow with information still on them that now can't be wiped? You could take a risk that since the drive is dead, the information is gone, however you got the opportunity to anticipate the drive falling under the control of somebody cleverer than you (or somebody who has additional time and persistence). 

Here's the place the hands-on technique becomes possibly the most important factor. This technique additionally works incredible on the off chance that you simply need to crush drives before you take them to the reusing plant. 

You will require: 

  • A mallet (I utilize my trusty 32oz "fine alteration" pound)
  • A thick nail (a 6-inch nail will do fine)
  • Thick gloves - in light of the fact that will be pounding that nail through the drive utilizing the sledge, and mallets are attractively pulled in to thumbs
  • A piece of wood - so you don't nail the drive to your floor (it's desirable over do this outside on the off chance that you can)
  • Eye security - you've just got a most extreme of two to begin with, so it's senseless to take risks! 

Presently you apply beast constrain. In a perfect world you need to put a nail through the platters of the drive, going completely through (it's really not as hard as it sounds). I go for the spot set apart by the red X:

By going for this spot, you crush the platters holding the information, as well as mutilate the read/compose heads. In case you're truly neurotic, put a nail through the green stars, which will put more openings in the platters. 

This is an extremely viable technique for obliterating drives, and it's additionally a considerable measure of fun, also an incredible approach to diminish push! 


With strong state drives, things can get extremely entangled, and I could compose reams about TRIM summons and trash accumulation et cetera. The issue is things get convoluted, which is when botches happen and your valuable child pictures or work extend gets erased. In light of that, will keep things straightforward. 

Delete utilizing maker utilities 

One approach to delete SSDs is to utilize the maker utilities. Here are a few connects to kick you off. 

  • Intel Solid State Toolbox
  • Corsair SSD Toolbox
  • SanDisk SSD Toolbox
  • Samsung Magician Software
  • OCZ Toolbox 

On the off chance that you have a drive from an alternate source, go look at their site. 

Encode the entire drive

One of the least demanding courses is to scramble the whole drive with a complex passphrase. On Windows, you can utilize something like VeraCrypt, while on Mac, you can utilize the inherent FileVault utility, and you're finished. No passphrase, no information. 

You would then be able to design the drive, from which point it ought to be sterile and prepared to acknowledge a reload of the information. 

Separated Magic 

Another approach to do this is to utilize a product device called PARTED Magic. Instead of disclose to you how to utilize this current, here's a video indicating it in real life. 

While PARTED Magic is not free (value begins at a sensible $9), it is an exceptionally viable apparatus, and one of the best I've utilized for wiping SSDs. 

The hands-on technique 

On the off chance that the drive is dead, or you simply need to dispose of it in a rush and don't need a working drive toward the finish of it, at that point you can take a mallet to the SSD or blaze drive. 

One thing to hold up under as a top priority is that the information in SSDs is hung on little glimmer stockpiling chips instead of substantial platters, and to safely delete the information, you have to crush the chips. As a rule, this implies taking the cover off the drive before you begin swinging. 

In case you don't know which are the glimmer stockpiling chips, simply drive a nail through all the expansive chips just to be erring on the side of caution.

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