No matter how you’re getting rid of a computer or external drive, you want all your data removed from it, because identity thieves love laziness. MaximumPC details the best ways to wipe down a hard drive, SSD or USB drive.
The editors at MaximumPC break down the reasoning, technical details and best practices for properly erasing everything from every nook and cranny of desktop, laptops, spare drives and anything else that runs on magnetic disks or solid-state memory. Jason has previously detailed the physical means of erasing media, but MaximumPC’s guide, posted at our sister site Gizmodo, offers a lot of options for those of different technical savvy levels, and, more importantly, leaves the drives intact for future use.
When you’re getting rid of a drive, how do you wipe it clean and prep it for new use? Let us know in the comments.