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How to erase data from drives

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 17:51
by zoon01
Some users always ask how they easy can erase their data from their drives, but what if all tools fail :)

example 1: when nothing works!

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Good luck
Maybe others have a few tips too :)

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 15:37
by b0ssman
at university we would put them into a furnace

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 21 Jan 2017 04:40
by kenZ71
I just stack up my old drives in a corner and think I'll mix them in with some cement at some point.

I've also thought about drop them in a bucket of water, leave for a few days, pull out for a few days & repeat a few times with the idea being to form rust throughout the internals.

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 17 Feb 2017 10:47
by David Johnson
We erase our sensitive data with the help of data erasure software. As it is the best method to erase data permanently without any environment effect. The good part is, we can re-use our hard drive in future too

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 13:13
by mariad
This is how PC mag blog recommends to erase data from Drives: http://www.pcworld.com/article/261702/h ... drive.html

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 05:02
by hailthemelody
Throwing into volcano also effective (heard from vanishing Hobbit, so not sure if their advise can be trusted)

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 08:33
by mariad
Hahahahaha, that was a good one.

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 13:00
by samjohns123
I think physical destruction of the hard drive is the best that you can do.

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 13:15
by ms49434
I'm using hdparm to issue an enhanced secure erase command to the HDD / SDD. Working perfect with modern devices, it also erases protected areas which many tools don't do.

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 14:14
by raulfg3

Re: How to erase data from drives

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 20:37
by apollo567
Well I use 4 Disks for a ZFS - Pool.
If I exchange the disks I do a full NTFS format of each disk and sell them via ebay to different buyers (given they still work). I thinks thats secure and efficient.