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Wiping a Hard Drive
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Date Written: 6/12/19 Last Updated: 8/23/19


Quick Format vs. Full Format Don't do either.  Instead, do a disk wipe for a secure erase of data ref. Top free data wipe programs.

How to Wipe a Hard Drive

What Is the Write Zero Method?

How to Wipe a Hard Drive, Powershell commands

Format F: /P:5

F is the letter of the drive.
/P:5 says write over the entire disk 5 times.

You may be asked what the volume label is for that drive.  Right click the drive and the first field listed under the General tab will be the label.  You can also change the volume label here.  In this case the volume label is "Storage".

Be prepared for a long wait.  In this case I have a 500 GB HDD and after 14 minutes I have completed 2%.


Samsung Secure Erase

Using SSD utilities such as Samsung Magician to secure erase your SSD will sanitize your SDD and is very secure.  This is the same as Western Digital's sanitize.

CrystalDiskInfo Checks the overall health of a drive (SSD or HDD).
SSDs: What is the difference between Secure Erase and Sanitize?

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