Some people find it hard to differentiate between ‘deleting’ and ‘wiping’ their hard drive. While deleting simply hides the files and can be retrieved using any compatible recovery software; wiping off is more permanent and requires a little more effort with the purpose that the wiped off data can never be retrieved. It requires a specialized software specifically set up for that process.
How long does it take to wipe off your hard drive?
Wiping off your hard drive can take time which may vary from several minutes to hours depending upon two factors:
- The size of the data stored on the hard drive and,
- The type of software you use to wipe off the data
Ways To Wipe Off A Hard Drive
Although there are several ways that can be used to wipe off your hard drive, the most convenient means is by using the Data Destruction Software which not only erases your data but ensures that the hard drive can be used again. You hard drive will still remain intact whenever you want to use it.
If you want that private information or secret buried forever, then simply follow the steps below:
- First you should decide if you want to create a back-up of any of the files from your data since after wiping off your hard drive, your data is non-retrievable.
- Next you must download any free data destruction software. (the most popularly used wiping software is DBAN)
- Once you have downloaded the software, follow the prompts given to install the wiping software. If you have downloaded a bootable software such as DBAN, you must burn the ISO picture on a CD, DVD or an external data cable
- Once you have installed the software, follow the instructions given by the software to wipe off your hard drive
- The moment wiping process has been completed, you can sleep in peace that all your data has been removed forever and can never be retrieved.
- When wiping process has successfully been done, you can now download new Windows on your hard drive, reuse the hard drive or maybe even sell it.