Erase External/USB Hard Drive before Selling It

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Ava

updated on 2020-05-05 to Data Erasure

External hard drive or USB drive is usually used by users frequently. After using the external hard drive for a long time, there will be many user data or any other important data on the drive. It’s very important to keep your data safe in modern times. If you don’t be careful, data leakage will happen. Especially, if you decide to sell your external hard drive/USB drive, your data on the drive would be recovered by others if your lost data is not completely wiped. So it’s very important to erase data permanently before selling an external hard drive/USB drive.

erase data permanently before selling an external hard drive/USB drive

How to erased data from an external hard drive/USB drive?

For most users, they may think just delete all the data from the drive or format the drive could completely wipe the data. Actually, it’s not safe enough for your private data on the external hard drive/USB drive. It’s able to recover the deleted files or recover data from the formatted external hard drive/USB drive. There are many data recovery software that can recover the lost data from the drive in such a case, such as TogetherShare Data Recovery.

How to erase data from an external hard drive/USB drive permanently before you sell it? You need a professional data erasure tool to help you wipe data completely from an external hard drive/USB drive. Normally, data wiping software can erase data from external hard drive/USB drive and avoid data recovery. If you don’t know the trusted tool that can permanently wipe data, don’t worry. I will share a reliable data wiping software for you and show you the guide to wipe data.

TS DataWiper is the software that I recommend to you. This easy-to-use tool can wipe data from external hard drive/USB drive or any other drives/device simply and effectively. Before I provide the solution to wipe data, please first download the software for a free trial.

After installing and running the software, you can then try to erase data permanently before selling an external hard drive/USB drive. Here we will show you the methods to wipe data. Here are 3 modes the software provided for you to wipe data/files from an external hard drive/USB. You can check as follows and choose a proper mode to wipe data in your own case.

Mode 1. Erase individual files/folder from external hard drive/USB drive.

If there are only some specified files on the drive that you want to wipe, you can use this option. Just choose all the files/folders that you want to shred from the drive, then click the Erase Now button to wipe all the selected files/folder to wipe at once.

erase data permanently before selling an external hard drive/USB drive

Mode 2. Erase entire external hard drive USB drive.

Also, before selling an external hard drive/USB drive, you can directly choose this mode to wipe the entire hard drive directly. It can wipe all the existed or lost data on the drive completely. So you don’t need to choose files or folders to wipe manually.

erase data permanently before selling an external hard drive/USB drive

Mode 3. Erase deleted/lost data from an external hard drive/USB drive.

If you have deleted all the data from an external drive/USB drive first, you can still wipe these deleted data. Just choose this mode to wipe the deleted data. It will erase the free space of the drive to wipe the lost or deleted data and avoid data recovery.

erase data permanently before selling an external hard drive/USB drive

It’s really easy to use this software to erase data permanently before selling an external hard drive/USB drive. Only use these 3 modes to wipe the data completely and avoid data recovery. Then you don’t worry about data breach after selling or give away your external hard drive/USB drive. Moreover, TS DataWiper can also wipe data from SSD, USB flash drive, memory card or other storage devices. Just download this tool to wipe your data in any other cases.