Secure erase is a command to tell an ATA mass storage device to completely wipe itself.

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Securely erasing all data from a hard drive

I am about to sell my old desktop PC and I am cautious about some of my sensitive information being available to the purchaser, even after reformatting the hard-drive, using data recovery software. ...
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Is there a way to truly delete all deleted files?

I know that on the windows operating system, when you delete a file it's still recoverable. I'd like to avoid simply paving the harddrive with zeros as I would like to keep my OS installation as is, ...
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Is using multiple passes for wiping a disk really necessary?

To stupid people, like me, you would have thought overwriting each bit on a disk would render the data completely unrecoverable. Why do disk wiping tools have the option for multiple passes, i.e. 3 ...
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How many passes do you need to wipe/shred your files to make them not undeletable?

If you have a private data on a recent, normal hard drive - how many passes do you need to delete the data to make it unrecoverable? Not in the sense, that a forensic team of 20 experts with a budget ...
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Securely format a hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Erasing data before selling a computer I have just taken 8 old 250gb drives out of one of our servers. I need to securely wipe all the data on these drives, before they are ...
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How to wipe free disk space in Linux?

When a file is deleted, its contents may still be left in the filesystem, unless explicitly overwritten with something else. The wipe command can securely erase files, but does not seem to allow ...
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How can I securely format a solid-state drive?

When selling / throwing away / giving away HDDs I always use DBAN to do a DoD wipe first. Is this still a valid thing to do on an SSD? Will it have an adverse effect on the SSD's lifespan?
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How to delete my hard drive safely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Erasing data before selling a computer How do I wipe my hard drive? On my iMac that I had, it had a process where it met some government standard in terms of safety by going ...
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How to quickly and effectively wipe a Win7 x64 hard drive

I have a Windows 7 Enterprise x64 system and need to wipe the 1.5TB hard disk drive quickly and effectively. Quick, I guess, is a relative term; so more quickly than I've seen with some wipe utilities ...
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Deleting (Erasing) all Data from Failed SanDisk MicroSD Card

I've had two 32GB SanDisk MicroSD cards go bad recently. One I was able to temporarily revive using the kind advice offered in this thread: Recover Data from Card that cannot be read When I insert ...
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What is a safe way to dispose of personal info on an old laptop and what to do with said laptop?

I have an old laptop someone gave me that only has 64Megs of RAM on it and runs WIN XP. I wanted to wipe the drive clean by installing Ubuntu Desktop to remove any shred of personal information on it ...
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Best (preferably free) tool to wipe deleted files on an NTFS filesystem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a program to truly delete all deleted files? I am looking for a tool that wipes (overwrites) unlinked files; preferably something that runs as a kind of disk ...
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Rufus rejecting HDDErase.iso

I'm not sure if this is the place to be asking this, but maybe someone here knows what's going on? I'm trying to create a bootable USB key with HDDErase.iso, obtained from http://cmrr.ucsd.edu/people/...
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HDDErase.exe not picking up any drives to wipe

Follow-on question from Rufus rejecting HDDErase.iso. So after getting HDDErase.exe onto the DOS-booting USB stick and running it, I ran into yet another problem; the USB boots, the program runs, and ...
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Why is my /dev/random so slow when using dd?

I am trying to semi-securely erase a bunch of hard drives. The following is working at 20-50Mb/s dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda But dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sda seems not to work. Also when I ...
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Program to wipe HD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Securely format a hard drive How to wipe a USB hard drive What is a freeware app i can use to wipe a HD? I have two 1) My external which is <1yr old and is reported '...
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How wipe one sector of hard drive in Windows

How would I go about wiping a specific sector of my hard drive from Windows? I mean the hard drive in use... Either wipe with zeros or replace with random data. Is there any script or program that ...
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What's the best algorithm to secure erase HDD? [closed]

There are a lot of secure erasing algorithms in erasing softwares. What's the best of these algorithms?