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Windows 7: HDD eraser software suggestion


10 Mar 2013   #1

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 
HDD eraser software suggestion

I have an external drive that I no longer need and would like to comletely erase all the data. I could reformat but that dose not completely erase the data. The erase apps I've seen have all been intended to erase the C: drive and don't appear to have an option for an external drive. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Bill


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10 Mar 2013   #2

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Hi Bill,

Delete the data from this drive as you normally would (or just format the disk as you normally would), and then run the in-built Windows cipher command as described below:

Cipher Command - Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows

This will overwrite the free disk space making any previously deleted data completely unrecoverable. It works on exactly the same principle as 3rd party applications that do the same thing.

Regards,
Golden
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16 Mar 2013   #3

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You can use Eraser

Eraser | Eraser

How to Securely Erase an External Hard Drive | eHow.com

Any time you are going to wipe a drive, be VERY SURE you select the right drive letter!

A Guy
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