Questions tagged [secure-erase]

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

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How to fix SSD Secure erase disabled for Kingston

I noticed that my SSD read/write speed dropped. I googled it most results said that a secure erase could help. I am using Kingston SSD Manager, and it says Secure Erase is disabled for this ...
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How to securely erase ssd?

I want to sell my pc but I want to delete everything on my SSD without being recoverable. How to do that. It's SATA 3 500 MB/S KINGSTON.
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How to securely erase a single file?

Windows only allows us to format an entire drive to destroy the data in it so that it cannot be recovered later (so more securely removed than just delete). But we often do not want to format an ...
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How to erase a locked SSD

I received 2 locked SSDs. I managed to unfreeze them w/ a powercycle. hdparm reports: supported enalbed locked not frozen not expired: security count supported: enchanced ...
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OCZ agility 4 is not recognized by Toshiba SSD Tool

I have a working OCZ Agility 4 SSD as system drive. It is working. I want to secure erase it and update its firmware (if available). The problem is that Toshiba/OCZ SSD Utility wont detect/...
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How to securely erase an NVMe SSD

It's generally accepted that SSDs cannot be securely wiped by writing patterns to the drive, due to features such as wear leveling and over-provisioning, and that the most secure way to wipe a modern ...
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Securely erase drive by encryption [closed]

According to this article, you can securely erase a disk by following these steps: Perform full drive encryption with BitLocker Format the drive Encrypt the drive again. Further: The second ...
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SSD - What is the difference between Sanitize & Secure Erase?

When I use Parted Magic to secure erase an SSD I get two options. Secure Erase ATA Device Sanitize While I have searched the net, I still do not understand the exact technical different between the ...
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Can't erase external hard drive

I have been trying to wipe my external hard drive (WD My Passport 2626 Media 2TB) using my MacOS Catalina 10.15.2. I have tried each command multiple times, shut my mac off between, changed USB port....
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Why is hdparm not available on Cygwin?

I'm running Cygwin on Windows 7 and have done for several years now. I use kou1okada's brilliant fork of apt-cyg to install packages from the Cygwin repository, and up until now this has suited me ...
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If I full format my external drive more than once it will be harder to recovery data?

With Full Format I mean unchecking the Quick Format box from the Windows format option.
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Secure erase hard disk of Macbook Air (mid 2013)

This concerns this machine here: https://support.apple.com/kb/sp678?locale=en_US, which has been upgraded to MacOS Mojave 10.14.3. I want to sell this device so I've followed this official guide to ...
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Purged email - recoverable?

First off, I’ve done something stupid with my work address. I sent myself an email to my personal address and replied using my phone to said email only to realize after I’d sent it that I had actually ...
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Need to delete hundreds of records in Access or Excel

I have two email files. File A (over 800 records) contains all of the emails that need to be deleted from File B (over 2,000 records). I don't wish to do this manually. Can I do it in either Access or ...
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linux shred does not remove traces of filename even after truncate/removal?

I'm testing the coreutils /usr/bin/shred command. It leaves traces of a file's name even though I told shred to "truncate" (remove) the file. I was assuming that shred would remove all the metadata ...
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How to scramble a directory name as part of a secure erase under Linux?

There are many tools available for Linux to securely erase data on a per file basis: shred, wipe, srm, ... you name it. Related instructions and advices typically focus on the contents of the files to ...
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How to securely erase an SSD using the OS on the SSD?

Does anybody know of a way to erase hard drives from the hard drive? Without anything else? EG. I have a windows 10 pc and would like to wipe the hard drive as-is, with no boot key/disk and while ...
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OS X | Impossible to empty my trash

There are four folders in my trash which are resisting any kind of deletion. So far I´ve tried multiple ways but im still stuck. I already searched for the same problem on superuser but so far no ...
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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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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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Maximum size of file that can be stored entirely in NTFS Master File Table (MFT)

I'm using Windows 7 and NTFS. I've noticed the MFT is a huge security risk because it can store sensitive document files without user knowledge for a long time before they get overwritten. All tests ...
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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 ...