COMPLETELY erasing HDD/SSD -HOW?

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.
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  1. For HDDs: http://www.gaijin.at/en/dlwipedisk.php
    SSDs typically came with a utility to do that.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. it does not damage the hard disk drives, Solid State Drives, or the USB drives.
  5. 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/extreme-uhs-1-30mbs/?capacity=8GB
  6. 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).
  7. Have you had experience with this one: DiskWipe - http://www.roadkil.net/ from http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_complete_destroy_your_data?page=0,2

    I did 'Blank Disk' option on the Memory card with 1 Pass and after it finished, Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery was still able to retrieve the photos that were already deleted within that card, any thoughts?
  8. 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?
  9. Yes!
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