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Feb 11, 2019 5:11 PM 2+ mon ago

How to wipe a hard drive

If you're getting rid of an old computer or upgrading your hard drive or SSD for something bigger, faster, or just newer, you need to make sure your data is wiped clean from your old hardware. Why? Because if you don't, someone else could easily get hold of the drive and look at all of your personal files and folders.

There are a number of applications that will do a good job of wiping your hard drive or SSD, but Eraser is our favorite. It's free, intuitive, and comprehensive. Since it needs to run within Windows you can't wipe the drive you're running it from. If you don't have an alternative drive to boot from, you might want to consider an alternative tool like DBAN.

Download Eraser from the official site and install it as you would any other application.

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