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Step by step instructions to safely eradicate 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 ceaselessly? 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 ceaselessly? 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 chip away at imperfect circles. 

My device of decision for wiping drives is Darik's Boot And Nuke. It's free and completes an astounding activity 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 accidentally wipe a drive containing information you require, in light of the fact that that will influence your life to suck. I propose utilizing an extra PC or, falling flat that, separating 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 boot up off the Boot And Nuke plate and not the inward drive. 

I suggest that you read and completely acquaint yourself with the documentation for this product, in light of the fact that on the off chance 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 device to carry out the activity. 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, dependable, 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 apparatus 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 great deal of drives to wipe, it's well justified, despite all the trouble. 

The hands-on technique 


Six business-class distributed storage administrations initially 

Toolbox: Calculating tape reinforcement needs 

Capacity Troubleshooting Flowchart 

Alright, what do you would on the off chance that you like to wipe drives that have passed on or turned out to be inadequate 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, yet you got the chance to anticipate the drive falling under the control of somebody cleverer than you (or somebody who has additional time and tolerance). 

Here's the place the hands-on strategy becomes an integral factor. This strategy additionally works extraordinary in the event that you simply need to pulverize drives before you take them to the reusing plant. 

You will require: 

A mallet (I utilize my trusty 32oz "fine change" pound) 

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

Thick gloves - in light of the fact that you will pound that nail through the drive utilizing the mallet, and sledges 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 insurance - you've just got a most extreme of two to begin with, so it's senseless to take risks! 

Presently, you apply animal power. 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 ravage the read/compose heads. In case you're extremely neurotic, put a nail through the green stars, which will put more openings in the platters. 

This is an exceptionally successful technique for annihilating drives, and it's additionally a considerable measure of fun, also an awesome method to soothe pressure! 


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

Eradicate utilizing maker utilities 

One approach to eradicate 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 

In the event 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 encode 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 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 instrument called PARTED Magic. Instead of disclose to you how to utilize this present, here's a video demonstrating it in real life. 

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

The hands-on strategy 

In the event 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 blaze drive. 

One thing to hold up under at the top of the priority list is that the information in SSDs is hung on little blaze stockpiling chips as opposed to expansive platters, and to safely eradicate the information, you have to crush the chips. Normally, 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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