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COMPLETELY erasing HDD/SSD -HOW?

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January 1, 2013 10:05:30 AM

Correct me if im wrong but the 'Format Disk' from the Computer window(Windows OS) does not completely erase the data in the hard drive/ssd/memory card, right?

So how and what do i do to COMPLETELY erase the data off it?
*WITHOUT COMPLETE OR PARTIAL PHYSICAL DESTRUCTION -otherwise needs to be reusable.
January 1, 2013 10:35:58 AM

noidea_77 said:
For HDDs: http://www.gaijin.at/en/dlwipedisk.php
SSDs typically came with a utility to do that.


For doing this complete erase to HDD, does it harm the drive?
For SSD, if Samsung, the Samsung SSD Magician?
And what about for Memory Cards/USB Pens?
Again for SSD and MemoryCards/USBPens, does it harm them when you write 0's or whatever on them?
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a c 84 G Storage
January 1, 2013 7:18:13 PM

Tools like whipedisk will not work on flash based storage, because the tool can not directly address the storage. The controller on the SSD/card does that. For Samsung the Magician is the right tool.
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a b G Storage
January 1, 2013 7:39:26 PM

it does not damage the hard disk drives, Solid State Drives, or the USB drives.
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January 2, 2013 7:48:05 AM

Ok, ive downloaded that WipeDisk, tried to WipeDisk(x1), Zero(x1), Random(x1) and WipeDisk Secure(x4) and have come up with this error:
"The drive was not wiped properly
Error:
The operation completed successfully."

This comes up within milliseconds of confirming the erase.
Help please.

PS. Im trying to erase a Sandisk Extreme 8GB SDHC - http://www.sandisk.co.uk/products/memory-cards/sd/extre...
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January 2, 2013 1:58:23 PM

noidea_77 said:
As said, it will not work for flash based storage. Try this for SD cards: https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_3/
One option is "full format (erase).


Okay this one worked perfectly. Thank you.
So the WipeDisk will be the one used for HDDs?
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a c 84 G Storage
January 5, 2013 4:43:49 PM

Yes!
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