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Questions tagged [secure-erase]

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

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SSD locked after “botched” Dell Data Wipe

I have a very annoying issue with SSD that I wanted to securely wipe so that I can reinstall things before selling laptop. Not sure what happened, but after completed wipe SSD (and SSHD, which I ...
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hdparm doesn't read SSD? HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(identify) failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device

I'm trying to use hdparm to do secure erase of my 512GB SSD SK Hynix. SSD has Windows 10 installed in it. I boot Ubuntu from a usb flash drive. sudo fdisk -l I get a lot of different disks, turns ...
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Can I “secure erase” a Samsung SSD without installing it?

I sometimes replace SSDs in our office PCs with bigger and faster ones. A few days after doing that, I want to wipe the old SSDs because they might contain sensitive company data. Back in the old ...
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Purpose of password in SSD Secure Erase - Partedmagic

I used PartedMagic to secure erase my Samsung EVO SATA SSD. I had created a bootable USB pen drive for the same. The process went well and SSD has been erased. It took hardly less than a minute to ...
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Linux hdparm security erase never ends?

I'm trying to wipe a mechanical, 10 TB / 9.09 TiB, 7.200 SATA hard drive manufactured by Toshiba from Lubuntu 18.04 LTS with hdparm 9.54. I followed the procedure here: the drive is connected to a ...
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Is decrypting BitLocker after deleting files a secure way to erase data?

Consider the task of erasing profiles of previous users from a Windows computer (which is to be given away to other people) without having to fully erase the system. Assuming the computer's hard ...
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Can I wipe a Samsung 850 Evo SSD by plugging it into another computer through an enclosure and using erase software?

I'm soon sending my computer to a repair shop and I want to wipe my SSD first before sending it in. I detatched the 850 Evo SSD from my computer and was wondering if I could connect it to a laptop ...
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I've used hdparm secure erase on a USB SATA drive. Is it beyond recovery now?

Acting on information in an outdated version of the ULSAH, I have tried to wipe out my old backup disk (a USB-connected SATA drive, not an SSD) using hdparm with the following options (rather the way ...
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Can deleting all files then filling the SSD totally with other files securely wipe old data?

We all know about how SSD is bad when one wants to securely delete specific files (not the whole disk). Did anyone test if this securely overwrites all files (performed from within the OS): delete ...
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Erase disk before selling

I have an old Windows 7 computer that I want to format and prepare for selling to somebody. I am using Parted Magic for disk operations and I'm wondering if "erasing the disk safely" is really ...
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How to secure erase a Western Digital My Cloud Mirror (Gen 2)?

Before transmitting a Western My Cloud Mirror 6TB NAS storage in RAID 1 (2x 3 TB) from one customer (selling it) to another one (buying it), I need to wipe the data, whilst preserving intact the ...
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How to overwrite deleted files completely the right way [closed]

I have 1 TB hard drive, and I want to delete sensitive data from it. What I have tried: Format the hard-drive "deep slow format" from CMD command. I tried c-tools. Also I tried cipher built in tool ...
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Secure erase single directory on BitLocker-encrypted SSD

(How) Can I secure erase a single directory (or even file) on an SSD? I'm returning a work laptop to my former employer that I was allowed to and did use for private matters. Normally colleagues just ...
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Is removing hard drive enough to secure old laptop before selling it or giving away?

I have an old Sony Vaio laptop, which I have previously used to store sensitive data (cryptographic private keys of certain value). Now I am not using the laptop and I will store it, sell it or give ...
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Secure Erase software interchangable when enabling hardware encryption?

I'm trying to Secure Erase a Samsung 850 EVO SSD as part of enabling hardware encryption. Samsung Magician describes having to "ready to enable" it in the Windows software, followed by a Secure Erase ...
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How to erase any kind of files after formating and installing Fedora 27 Workstation

How can I safely erase files that could potentially be recovered after a hard drive format and installation on a Fedora 27 workstation? I was using Windows 10, and everything that I had in Windows 10 ...
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Microsoft Windows 10 “remove everything” keeps user name

I am trying to secure wipe my laptop's ssd drive with the Windows 10 "remove everything" option from "Start > Settings > Update & security > Recovery." Supposedly, this should remove all traces ...
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How to securely erase HPA, DCO, and any bad sectors of a SCSI HDD

Does dd if=/dev/zero of =/dev/cciss/c0d0 bs=1M wipe over the HPA, DCO, and any bad sectors?
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How to do a clean install WINDOWS 7?

My other Laptop has issues, i took out the hard drive and paid for a usb/sata cable - NOW i can connect that drive to my working computer. I've backed up my data. I want to do a clean install on the ...
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SSD vs Hard drive secure erase

I know that when files are deleted they aren't really completely erased. The drive just says hey this space is free and you can overwrite it. With programs like Boot and Nuke and Eraser .etc. you can ...
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How to stop SRM Linux?

I'm using SRM to delete one file. Already 12 hours srm is working for deleting a 7GB file and it have only 3 stars *** Is there a way to stop it or to pause so I do that another day.
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Zeroing a file from command-line

Is there a built-in command in Windows 7 or higher to fill a file with zero / NULL bytes? The processing should happen in-place (i.e. it should modify the actual disk sectors / bytes of the file), ...
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How do I make sure that everything I have previously deleted on a PC is unrecoverable?

I'm thinking about giving an old Windows 7 PC away. In the past the PC stored private data and I have deleted those files. What do I have to do to make sure that no data can be recovered?
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File refuses to be deleted

Earlier this week I backed up all of my most important files from my old HD, because I was seeing lots of red flags that it was starting to fail. I put all of my most important folders and files into ...
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How to delete files using Gutmann method in Linux?

How to delete files using Gutmann method in Linux ? In Windows there are software like Eraser and Gutmann Algorithm Secure File Deletion. How to delete files as like that in Linux systems ?
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Would it be better to overwrite files that I don't need with nothing

Main goal: Delete specific files without the use of CCleaner and Eraser in the shortest time possible without decreasing the life of a SSD drive. Here's the thing. I have my C:\ drive and it's an SSD....
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Secure Erase SSD and HDD with ThinkPad Drive Erase Utility on ThinkPad Twist S230u

I have a ThinkPad Twist S230u with a 20GB M.2 SSD and a 320GB HDD that I cannot remember the passwords to. I haven't used this laptop in a while so I'm not concerned about whats on it but I would like ...
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Repair an SSD that's been unplugged during Secure Erase

I used to have some issue with a SanDisk X110 mSATA SSD and I put it on a Secure Erase using TxBench, with a USB adapter implemented with ASM1053E chip. Very unfortunately my PC got stuck after a few ...
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Proper disposal of water damaged Asus laptop?

I have a question regarding an Asus laptop of mine that suffered damage due to a spill and has not worked since. I am wondering: if there is any chance the hard drive might still be viable so I ...
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How do you securely erase remapped bad sectors on HDD in Linux?

I have run badblocks on my HDD in Linux. No badblocks were found. However some bad sectors may have been previously detected and remapped; if this is the case, the badblocks test would not have found ...
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Securely erase empty disk space on a Win 3.1 / DOS 6.22 system with builtin tools

I have a retro laptop from 1994, an IBM Thinkpad 340, which I want to give away, but first want to securely erase its deleted files. The system contains both a GUI and CLI undelete application, which ...
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Erase an encrypted Samsung SSD on a Dell laptop previously used in a business

I recently bought a laptop from a company which was about to close (I promise I'm not a thief). Its a Dell Latitude which contains an encrypted SSD (samsung 128gb). I can use the laptop with any other ...
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Is it normal for secure erase on a Samsung SSD to take only a few seconds?

I've run several secure erase operations on my 500GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO using the procedure described on the Linux ATA wiki and it takes only a few seconds to complete: linux-203v:~ # time hdparm --...
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SDelete: where to get the physical disk number from?

Until recently, I have deleted hard disks this way: Delete all partitions in Windows Create a single partition for the whole drive Assign a drive letter Run sdelete -z with the drive letter New ...
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How do I wipe an encrypted USB flash drive?

My company has issued an encrypted USB flash drive which I stored my personal data in it. I am resigning from the company and I wanted to wipe the data in the usb drive but I have forgotten the ...
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Partially Solved: SSD security password - stuck with an I/O Error

Model in question is a Kingston SV300S37A120G. I read here that when trying to unlock a security password, I should put “quotes” around it if it contains special characters. Does that apply for caps? ...
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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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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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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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Triming as alternative to securely erasing a SSD

The recommended way of securely erasing a SSD is the ATA secure erase. Most of the BIOSes disable this function by freezing the drive. Some tricks around the BIOS freeze exist and may or may not work ...
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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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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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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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How is Deleted Data Recoverable Even When Overwritten? [duplicate]

Would this make a file unrecoverable (Windows OS)? Delete the file (i.e. send it to the recycling bin). Empty the recycling bin (i.e. remove the reference to where the data is stored in memory). ...
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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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Manipulating the HDD password via an SATA-USB adapter

This question is related to https://superuser.com/questions/946577/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 ...
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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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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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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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Securely delete a file in Ubuntu?

I have been reading about government standards for secure data erasure by overwriting the file location with random data [wikipedia: data erasure standards]. I am wondering if Ubuntu's default Delete (...