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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, on the other hand would you like to wipe a drive in a PC that you are offering or giving endlessly? 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 distinctive taking care of, I 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 snappy, and it won't take a shot at inadequate circles. 

My apparatus of decision for wiping drives is Darik's Boot And Nuke. It's free and makes a fantastic showing with regards to of wiping drives clean. 

To utilize it, you'll have to make a wipe CD or DVD, at that point connect the drives you need to wipe to a PC, and run the product. Be mindful so as not to incidentally wipe a drive containing information you require, in light of the fact that that will influence your life to suck. I recommend utilizing an extra PC or, falling flat that, disengaging every one of the information drives from the framework you utilize, to be safe. You can do this since you'll boot up off the Boot And Nuke plate and not the inward drive. 

I prescribe that you read and altogether acclimate yourself with the documentation for this product, in light of the fact that in the event that you take your eye off the ball and wipe the wrong drive, your information is no more. 


On the off chance 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 activity. Now however things begin to get somewhat costly, yet it is speedier and means that you don't need to commit a PC to the wiping operation. 

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

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

The hands-on technique 

Alright, what do you would on the off chance that you like to wipe drives that have passed on or turned out to be deficient 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 likewise 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 modification" pound) 

A thick nail (a 6-inch nail will do fine) 

Thick gloves - on the grounds that you will pound that nail through the drive utilizing the sledge, and mallets are attractively pulled in to thumbs 

A square 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 greatest of two to begin with, so it's senseless to take risks! 

Presently, you apply beast drive. 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 damage 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 exceptionally successful technique for wrecking drives, and it's additionally a ton of fun, also an incredible approach to mitigate stretch! 


With strong state drives, things can get exceptionally confounded, and I could compose reams about TRIM orders and waste gathering et cetera. The issue is things get convoluted, which is when botches happen and your valuable child pictures or work venture gets erased. In view of that, I 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. 

Scramble the entire drive 

One of the most straightforward routes is to encode the whole drive with a complex passphrase. On Windows, you can utilize something like VeraCrypt, while on Mac, you can utilize the implicit FileVault utility, and you're finished. No passphrase, no information. 

You would then be able to arrange 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. As opposed to reveal to you how to utilize this present, here's a video indicating it in real life. 

While PARTED Magic isn't free (value begins at a sensible $9), it is an extremely viable device, and extraordinary compared to other I've utilized for wiping SSDs. 

The hands-on strategy 

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 its finish, at that point you can take a mallet to the SSD or glimmer drive. 

One thing to hold up under as a main priority is that the information in SSDs is hung on little glimmer stockpiling chips as opposed to expansive platters, and to safely delete the information, you have to crush the chips. For the most part, 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 extensive chips just to be erring on the side of caution.

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