How to Truly Wipe Out Your Hard Drive
Sometimes simply deleting files isn’t good enough. If you want to make sure your hard drive and all its files are completely erased, read on.
Reformatting a hard drive or moving your files to the trash bin does not really erase all its files, it just make them inaccessible to the operative system, but they’re still viewable by anyone using a data recovery tool.
A reliable way to completely delete all your files is DBAN. Darik’s Boot and Nuke (“DBAN”) is a self-contained boot disk designed for consumer use. It securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware. DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis. DBAN is a free software product that can be used at home or in a business at zero cost. The only official place to obtain DBAN is by download at DBAN’s website.
Or, of course, you can smash it with a hammer 🙂