Extreme Tech: How to wipe a hard drive

If you didn’t know, when you delete a file or empty your trash can, it isn’t actually wiped from your hard drive. Using special tools, deleted files can be recovered by the authorities. That sensitive love letter — or photo, or video — that you think has been safely deleted, can be easily dug up by anyone sitting at your computer. To make sure that a deleted file stays deleted, you must securely wipe your hard drive. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds.

How to wipe a hard drive

The first approach to securely deleting files is just to wipe your entire hard drive. This is ideal if you want to sell your computer, or if you’re giving it to a friend or family member.

First, a word of warning: If you wipe your hard drive, your computer will be completely unusable. After wiping, you will not be able to boot into Windows or OS X. If you only want to wipe a single file (or a few files), follow the instructions further down the page……Read More

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