Hard Drive Wiping—Explained!

Hard Drive Wiping

Every thought about the right way to go about hard drive wiping? You probably want to give out your company because it is old or you don’t need it anymore, you have your checks, your computer is now ready to be donated or recycled. But there’s one procedure you forgot—hard drive wiping! And, this is beyond just hitting the “delete” button. Your personal info are contained in the hard drive and delete button does nothing more than give you a false satisfaction. 

Your hard drive contains sensitive info such as your login details for your bank and social media accounts, your medical records, your browser history, emails, etc. It may not hold them completely but contain traces of them. This is where hard drive wiping comes in! 

Hard drive wiping—Steps 

If you are truly interested in wiping off the data from your hard drive and removing every trace of it, you need to follow some steps judiciously to achieve that because you don’t want someone picking up your computer and having unhindered access to your passwords, secret documents, old photos, financial details, bank details, medical records, etc. 

Step 1 

Backing up your data

You may need to back up your hard drive data before you do hard drive wiping on your computer. You can back it up on a web service (such as those provided by Microsoft), a new computer, or some external storage devices. 

There is no wisdom in backing up your data once you acquired it. You must seek to constantly back up your hard drive data as it could go missing,  crash, be stolen, or corrupted by another harmful software. This is because when if eventually when you lose your data, you won’t have to mentally kick yourself as you have got a backup somewhere you could fall back on. Your computer could also come attack from a ransome which may prevent you from accessing or using your data again. However, with your data stored up somewhere, you could always fall back on it. 

You can create an account with some cloud service providers, complete all the setup required, and upload your files there constantly. This is the safest way to store your data because an external storage device could get stolen or missing. Your new computer with the backup data could also get stolen or missing. Furthermore, cloud storage is beyond the reach of cybercriminals. Your data is well encrypted that they can’t decrypt it. 

Step 2

Don’t use the delete buttons 

Manually deleting your data does nothing more than moving it to the recycle bin. And, even if you deleted it from there, some data recovery software could get all the data back. Security agents and some hackers use this tool to recover lost data. Using the delete button is an effective hard drive wiping method. 

Step 3 

Use a software 

Some hard drive wiping programs exist that you could use to completely and permanently erase them. And the good news is when you use these programs, nobody could use data recovery software to get them back. 

Step 4 

Go physical 

Just use a screwdriver and dismantle your hard drive. Tada! That’s all. Or, you could use a neodymium magnet to destroy the metal construct of your hard drive.  

Hope you have learned a thing or two on hard drive wiping. Don’t forget to use the comment box!