How to permanently destroy data on a hard drive?
More and more users have known that format and delete are not enough to permanently destroy data on a hard drive; they are just ways to free up disk space for later using. For security reason, we shall do more to complete destroy data. In this page, we'll learn that erasing all data on a hard drive is the essential step for data sanitization, and magnets destroy data is another way to destroy on a hard-disk drive.
Erasing all data on a hard drive
Erase data on a disk is needed when you want clean up disk, however, Windows provides no advanced data sanitization methods for users, simple overwrites with 1s or 0s will not match any wiping standards. How to secure erase data on a hard drive? Try ByebyeData Eraser and follow the steps below:
1. Preparations: Software ByebyeData Eraser; A bootable CD/DVD/USB; A backup disc/USB (if you need a backup).
2. Run ByebyeData Eraser and click bootable media to create the bootable ISO file, which will be burned to the disc later. (NOTE: this step is to erase system drive/disk, if you want to keep the OS, skip this step)
3. boot from CD/USB (or not, if it is the data partition you're dealing with), click Erase disks or Erase drives, and confirm which disk or drive you want to wipe; specify the wiping standards then and click Erase Now.
When the erasing steps are done, data on the hard drive are gone forever, now this disk is ready for donation or re-use. No file recovery software can get your data back, because they will not find any traces left behind. Don't want to use the hard drive anymore? Don't worry, we can do more.
Destroy data on hard drive with magnet
There is a platter in the hard drive, degaussing it with a magnet is the secure way to destroy data in it. Let's destroy data on the platter when we get our T7 screwdriver and hammer ready:
- Dismantle the hard drive with the T7 screwdriver and the hammer to get the platter.
- Use a magnet to wipe the platter over and over again.
- Destroy the platter (cut it into pieces, burn it, or just scratch it with a knife).
Note: Please take care when you dismantling it, be gentle, slow and protect your eyes and hands, and box up all components and end them in the professional electronics recycling center.