Erase Samsung hard drive
When we search solutions for erasing Samsung hard drives, only to find samsung format utility, which can of course delete files and get the disk ready for FAT32 or NTFS partition, but that's not the result I'd like to see. I don't want to format hard for new partitions, I just want to erase this hard drive and keep this disk clean for new user. That's right, I'm gonna sell the laptop I purchased in 2008. I tried the F4 button when booting, but it recovered my system to the point I firstly set, not removes everything on it. I need to try other plans.
I boot in to Windows 7 on this laptop, backed up my personal stuff to an external hard drive and deleted all drives except C: Drive in Windows disk management, also removed the programs I once installed on system partition. Now it looks like a clean computer, but I know it is not, some data recovery software can still pick them up even after I permanently deleted them in Windows default way. I still need to wipe out the deleted drives and free space in C Drive.
However, Windows seems to have no such function to erase free space and erase drives with standard wiping methods. Some data sanitation software, on the contrary, provides tens of erasure schemes and standard erasing algorithms employed by governments. ByebyeData Eraser is the one with more than 10 kinds of standard erasure methods. And erase free space and erase drives are both available functions in it. So here is how I erase Samsung hard drive in ByebyeData Eraser:
- Run this program and click Erase free space.
- In the listed drives, click C Drive. If you don't have programs installed on C Drive or never downloaded any files to this partition, you can click other partition you deleted. In my situation, I installed some anti-virus software on it, so, for secure reason, I need to make sure it is clean of no traces on this drive.
- Then we choose a wiping standard from the long list of security methods.
- Click Erase Now and confirm to clean out C Drive.
You may have noticed that this eraser software is able to erase drives, so if you haven't delete data partitions after backed up, you can just erase them in ByebyeData Eraser. Click on the partitions and select a method to erase, Yes, it is easy and safe to ensure data are data only for you not the wrong user.
I found someone has the same problem on Samsung hard drive like me, he said:
I can't find a way to reset my laptop to the factory settings or even remove those restore points in Samsung Recovery. Am I missing something here?
This is a user from superuser.com, if it is about removing restore points on the hard drive or factory reset the disk, ByebyeData Eraser's Erase disks option might be some help. Once clicked on this option, everything, yes, everything on the disk including Windows, settings, apps, documents and media files are all erased, let alone the restore points. Before you erase the entire Samsung hard drive, you have to create a boot CD first and then click Erase disks when you boot from it. This is the fastest and most secure way to erase restore points and factory reset hard drives.