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

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How to do secure erase of CF card over USB in Linux?

I have a CF card I'd like to erase. My CF card reader is connected to my Linux machine via USB. How do I do a secure erase (i.e., the ATA Secure Erase functionality) of the CF card? I have tried ...
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Erase free space with Terminal running IOS El Capitan 10.11.4

The Terminal command: diskutil secureErase freespace 4 /volumes/”Macintosh HD” returns the “could not find disk HD” message. What am I doing wrong? Thanks. Tom
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how to erase sensitive data “permanently” if hd broken and cannot do full random overwrite?

I purchased a broken hard drive. I copied some of my movies on it. It is broken now. I want to send it back to the factory. I wanted to permanently delete all my files with "Sdelete" secure tool. ...
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eMMC Standards and File System support

I am looking into Android secure erase functions and realized a few things: Android uses eMMC as its storage media, eMMC standards are set by the JEDEC organization (currently most of the ...
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Is shred single pass less secure than srm?

i compared shred -n 1 -v --random-source=/dev/zero file.txt and srm -llvzd file.txt on 16gb file on hdd. ubuntu 14.04. both commands do single pass with zeros. 'srm' needed more than whole night ...
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Is there a way to invoke the ANSI ATA enhanced secure erase command targeting an SSD after booting into Windows 7?

I'm too lazy to burn a bootable image, and then wait for the wiping to occur. To securely (in terms of lack of recoverability and safety to the SSD) wipe a Crucial M4 SSD. Is there a DOS command or a ...
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Why does my disk ignore erase and write commands to some sectors?

I did an ATA secure erase on an SSD (with SystemRescueCD and hdparm). Some parts of the disk are reset to zero, but some parts are not. In particular, the MBR and the boot sector of a Windows Vista ...
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Was my SSD wiped?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina mid 2013, as I intend to pass it, I used a bootable Ubuntu so I could make a ATA Secure erase. As the disk was "not enabled" and "frozen" I had to put it to sleep by ...
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Manipulating the HDD password via an SATA-USB adapter

This question is related to The master password of Transcend SSD. I've forgotten the password of Transcend SSD370 ,which I set. When I boot my PC by a live CD with the SSD connected to the SATA port, ...
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Mac OS X: What are the implications and consequences of executing “kill -9 writeconfig” from the console?

I am trying to delete an account and checked the "Erase home folder securely" option. I now notice the process writeconfig is running about 100% CPU, and has been so for some 12 hours now. Anybody ...
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Does Filevault 2 encrypt deleted files created before Filevault activation?

I have a 2013 Macbook Air that I'm returning (drive is SSD). I didn't have Filevault turned on, and I erased the disk and reinstalled the OS (secure erase was not available as an option). I then ...
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Will cipher /w:C properly wipe empty space on SSD drive?

On Windows you can use cipher /w:C to overwrite the blank space on a drive with random bytes. With SSD's there's lots of problems with secure deleting individual files because of the way SSD's do ...
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how to write files to random locations on hard drive?

I bought a hard drive in the store. After some days it broke down. My 14 days return policy is almost expiring (I want my money back, not other unit). Overwriting/Wiping 4TB of data with a broken hard ...
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Unable to shred personal data from re-formatted computer

I have an old Windows 7 computer that I want to give away. I restored the machine to factory settings (using manufacturer's disks). After that I ran SDelete & CCleaner to shred any personal data ...
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How to fully erase promotional USB stick Autorun partition

I have a 2GB USB stick from a free promotional giveaway. It has a second "partition" with Autorun for advertising every time I insert it in a computer. I know I can disable autorun, but how can I ...
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Is this process a reasonable way to remove personal data from a Mac before giving it away?

Occasionally I give away (or sell) an old Mac that I'm not using anymore. Before I do that, I want to make sure that none of my personal data remains on the drive, but I'm too lazy to reformat the ...
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What is the difference between ATA Secure Erase and Security Erase? How can I ensure they worked?

I'd like to wipe a stack of drives (spinning and SSD) securely. I'm familiar with the ATA Secure Erase (SE) command via hdparm, but I'm not sure if I should use the Security Erase (SE+) command ...