Accidental deletion of data is inevitable. It happens. Data can be deleted accidentally either by human error or destructive forces. When accidental deletion of data is caused by destructive forces, you pretty much can’t do anything about it. Unless, of course, your hard drive is still intact. If it is, there’s a huge possibility that you could still get back your data. After all, data can live in your hard drive for a very long time.
That is the reason why permanently deleting data from your hard drive could be a huge challenge as well. Yes, there are times when you just have to do it. These are the times when you no longer need your computer or maybe even your external hard drive and you want to give it away or maybe even sell it. For safety measures, you need to permanently delete data from them. As a matter of fact, you need to do the same thing on all devices that store your personal data.
Making sure that your personal information is safely and securely erased from devices that you are no longer using is a good thing.
In this article you’ll know how to permanently delete data from hard drive. Keep in mind that this is permanent deletion. That means, once you delete, it’s gone. So, say good bye now.
Let’s start with Windows.
Yes, you can wipe a drive using the Windows format command.
Fire up a Command Prompt and type:
Format volume /P:passes
Where volume is the drive letter, and passes is the number of format passes you want to make.
To wipe d drive with 4 passes, use the following:
Format d: /P:4
Under Windows 8 and Windows 10, the wipe passes use random numbers to overwrite data on the disk (on previous versions 0 were used).
You can also wipe the drive that Windows is installed on by booting from a Recovery Drive and choosing the Troubleshoot > Advanced options option to access Command Prompt.
Here’s how you can do it on iOS and your Android devices.
iOS and Android devices both have built-in tools to erase the devices.
• On iOS: Settings > General > Reset and then tap Erase All Content and Settings.
• On Android: Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset and then tap Reset phone or Reset device.
You can also securely wipe the devices remotely using Find My iPhone for iOS or the Google Account associated with the Android device.
This next method is probably the most destructive way to permanently delete data from all your devices. You’ll need to use some tools for this method. …