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How to Completely Erase Your Hard Drives, SSDs and Thumb Drives
With stories abounding of identity theft aided by information lifted from discarded storage devices, you want devices you no longer plan to use to have no usable information when they head out the door. Here's how to wipe them clean.
This is a good tutorial and will cover most cases. For the really paranoid, a nice hammer is best.
(Before I give an old system to Goodwill or some other charity, I run "Killdisk" and write zeroes over everything. That takes care of the casual snoops, and most of the not-so-casual ones as well.)
FWIW, even after running a Government approved clearing program the bad guys CAN get info from your storage systems - it is just a matter of how bad they want it. For US DoD storage that has been used for Top Secret, the only answer is acid.