Hard drive wipe means permanently erasing all the files from the hard drives. Whenever a file is deleted using Command prompt or with Shift + Delete key combination, it cannot be restored back from Recycle Bin, as it bypasses the Recycle Bin. If you think by empting the Recycle Bin, you can get rid of data permanently then it is not correct. Formatting or reformatting the disk also does not destroy the data. In these scenarios, the pointer referring to the files are deleted not the actual data. So all deleted files, with no data loss can be recovered using variety of data recovery software available in market.
If you want to sell your external storage device like USB drive or want to dispose it, and before doing so you want to destroy all your data from it, then you must perform drive wipe. You can wipe files using good hard drive wipe software, which will simply overwrite the drive data with the random values, which makes the original data irrecoverable. Using this software you can wipe USB drive, external hard drive, Pen drive and any other storage device.
Whenever a particular file is deleted beyond the manual recovery (without third party utility software) or when file is lost due to formatting or reformatting the external USB drive, it is recoverable, which is good if deletion happened unintentionally or accidentally. What if you want to destroy your private data like your account details, company’s private data etc permanently from your external USB drive. It is better to use drive wipe software. When the disk space is overwritten continuously by the random values then it becomes unreadable, so it cannot be recovered by the Data recovery software.
Drive wipe software is one of the best file shedder tools available in market, which uses 9 different drive wiping methods that is completely based on different security standards. The supported data shredding patterns are Fast Zero overwrite, Random overwrite, NATO standard- North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Peter Guttmann Secure Deletion etc. This software has customized In-built scheduler, which will delete the data as per the scheduled event or time. You can download the free demo version of this software.
When the software is launched, it will detect all the internal and external drives in your PC from where you can select your external USB drive and proceed. This software supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, and NTFS5 drives. This software allows you to completely remove the data from the drive by overwriting the old data with the random values. It has a user-friendly interface and it helps you to erase all files from the drive safely and securely. Even you can evaluate drive wipe results using trial version of this software. Once you had satisfied with the demo version of this software, you can purchase the complete version of this application.