How to Secure Data Wipe Your Hard Drive?

Gonzalo Cavez
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Secure data wipe tools for SSDs, by definition, wipe any lost, misplaced, or corrupted files from the hard drive’s main memory. However, this process can be severely limited to erase data from the hard drive’s volatile memory, which is used during applications and program launches and closes. This process is only able to successfully wipe out files that have been moved and stored in NTFS or FAT partitions.

For the same reasons, a secure data wipe tool that works with an SSD will only work properly on an SSD-mounted hard drive. In case you overwrite even the most temporary, unimportant file with the full contents of your hard drive, some scattered data blocks might (and will) remain in the “overprovisioning” space, leaving traces of previous, redundant data available for a forensic data recovery expert. Therefore, you must use an appropriate software tool in case you have deleted any important data files on your computer.

For the best results, we recommend using a Secure Data Wipe Software that uses the NTFS-extended format to effectively wipe out all important files stored in the NTFS-extended partition on your computer. Such software will not only work effectively with your SSD, but it will also be able to work effectively with any other type of external hard drive or even a floppy disk drive, provided that the device has a FAT or NTFS formatted drive partition.

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However, you should note that many modern Windows operating systems no longer support the NTFS-extended format. That means you should use one of the other two options of using a secure data wipe. The first option is a simple file-level backup of your entire system (which you can do by right-clicking on the program icon of your Windows system and then selecting “Run As Administrator”. This will enable your system to perform backup operations whenever and wherever you need them, which can also be helpful if you lose all of your important data files on your hard drive, which is something that happens occasionally.

The second option to using Secure Data Wipe Software is to convert your NTFS-extended format to NTFS-compatible FAT file extensions. The Secure Data Wipe Tool will convert the file-system of your NTFS-extended format to a file format that is FAT compatible, allowing it to function in conjunction with the operating system of your system. {so that your system will be able to access the file-system files even after you have deleted the file-system files. {and can use the Secure Data Wipe program even after you reinstall the operating system or after you reboot your computer. {or after a Windows Update (such as Windows XP or Vista). {or after a Windows Repair (such as Windows 7). – Note that while some programs will allow you to perform a secure data wipe on USB flash drives and other removable disks, such as CD-R/RW drives and other CD/DVD-R media, not all such programs can be used on FAT-formatted drives. {and you should look out for a Secure Data Wipe program that allows you to perform secure data wipe on a USB flash drive and other USB removable disk as well. {or on any other FAT-friendly drive you may have attached to your computer. {or on any other FAT-friendly external storage device such as a USB flash drive or an external hard drive (like an external hard drive or a CD-RW). {or on a floppy disk. {or on a floppy disc. {or on a floppy diskette disk.

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